Thursday, 19 May 2016
Our Daily Bread devotional, May 19, 2016 - Great Literature
Topic: Great Literature [May 19, 2016]
How sweet are your words . . . , sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103
Recently I came across an article describing what constitutes great literature. The author suggested that great literature “changes you. When you are done reading, you’re a different person.”
In that light, the Word of God will always be classified as great literature. Reading the Bible challenges us to be better. Stories of biblical heroes inspire us to be courageous and persevering. The wisdom and prophetic books warn of the danger of living by our fallen instincts. God spoke through various writers to pen life-changing psalms for our benefit. The teachings of Jesus shape our character to become more like Him. The writings of Paul orient our minds and lives to holy living. As the Holy Spirit brings these Scriptures to our minds, they become powerful agents for change in our lives.
The writer of Psalm 119 loved God’s Word for its transforming influence in his life. He recognized that the ancient Scriptures handed down from Moses made him wise and more understanding than his teachers (v. 99). It kept him from evil (v. 101). No wonder he exclaimed, “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long,” and “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (vv. 97, 103).
Welcome to the joy of loving great literature, especially the life-changing power of God’s Word!
Read: Psalm 119:97-104, Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 7–9; John 6:22-44
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your Word and its powerful influence in my life. Help me learn to put its truth into practice.
This message was written by Joe Stowell [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]