120909 Psalm 119:97-103

Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012

Sermon Text: Psalm 119:97 – 103

Sermon Theme: "Spend Time in the Word of Your Savior-God!"

97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. 98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. 99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. 100 I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. 101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. 102 I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

We know that each day is made up of 24 hours. How do you make use of the 24 hours you are given each day? Maybe you put in a long day at work. Maybe you spend most of your time each day watching your children. Maybe you spend the majority of your time in a classroom. A recent study found that on average, we as Americans spend almost 3 hours a day watching television or movies. This study also concluded that on average most Americans spend about an 1 ½ hours a day driving a car. This compares to just 20 minuets a day spent on sports or other forms of exercise. This got me thinking. How much time do you and your family spend reading God's Word together? One survey that I read not too long ago concluded that most families in our country spend less than 10 minutes a day reading and studying God's Word together. Today, as our Sunday Bible School and our Adult Bible Study classes resume, we hear the encouragement from our loving Lord to SPEND TIME IN THE WORD OF YOUR SAVIOR-GOD.

One excuse that some people will give for NOT reading their Bible, is, they say, because the Bible is so out of date. How much of what we find in God's Word still applies to us today? There are some who say that the Old Testament was written only for the Jewish people, and that the New Testament is the only part of God's Word that we are to be concerned about today. There are others who say that it is up to us to pick and choose for ourselves what applies to us today, and what doesn't. Yet the Savior-God tell us in Psalm 119 that all of the Bible still applies to us in the 21st century because it is God's Word. "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long...I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me." God's Word is not like a supermarket where we can pick and choose only those things we would like. We are to listen to all of our Savior-God's Word. And as you and I spend time in the Word of God, we receive the power and the guidance we need to live a life that gives our Savior-God all the praise and glory he alone deserves. "Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word."

But, if we pause a moment and are completely honest with ourselves and with our Lord, you and I will confess that there are those times when we allow our sinful nature to take control of us. We sin against our God. We too easily ignore his Word and his will for our lives. We find it far too easy to walk down that path of sin and evil. This sin makes you and me guilty. This sin makes you and me deserving only of eternal death and punishment.

But there is Good News for us to hear today. Remember whose Word it is that we are spending our time reading and studying. It is our LORD's Word. What we read in our Bibles is the Word of the Savior-God who promised mankind a Savior from all sins. As we spend time in the Word of our Savior-God, we hear the Good News of the Gospel that Jesus Christ is our Savior from sin. Jesus won forgiveness for all of your sins and all of my sins, including the sin of not spending time in his Word. This wonderful gift of our forgiveness, given freely to you and me from our Savior-God, fills our hearts with joy. As we read in the Word of God before us, "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" Not one of us here this morning is able to say that he or she has digested all that the Bible has to teach us. You and I grow in our knowledge of God's Word each time we read it. As we spend time in God's Word, we also are empowered to live a life that offers our Savior-God the thanks and praise he alone deserves for all the blessings that he showers upon us day after day.

This morning, the young people of our congregation will continue their study of God's Word in their Sunday Bible School Classes. As adults, we will meet each Sunday morning to study parables of our Savior or to review the basic teachings of God's Word. In addition to these opportunities on Sunday mornings, take a few moments to read through the bulletin or this month's newsletter and see all the different opportunities we have to study God's Word together during a typical week. Day after day, in each classroom of our Lutheran Elementary School, God's Word is studied and applied to the lives of our young people. Our monthly Church Council meetings, the Ladies Guild meetings and the meetings of the various boards and committees of our congregation all begin with time spent in the Word of our Savior-God. While we are thankful for all these opportunities to be in the Word together, it is important for all of us to remember that the time we spend reading and studying the Bible is not to be limited simply to the time we are on this property or in this building. Each day, in our own homes, we are to spend time in the Word of our Savior-God. Remember that any excuses you would like to try to come up with saying why you can't spend time in the Word are just that, excuses. Spend time in your Bibles. Listen to what the Savior-God has to say to you and your family in his Word. As you do, the Almighty God in heaven promises to bless you.

Why spend so much time in the Word of God? Wouldn't our time be better used in some other way? The answer to that question is simple and clear: "No!" The time spent in the Word of God is the most important part of our day. As we take time to read our Bibles we are reminded of our great need for a Savior from sin. It is during time spent in the Word of God that we read about the wonderful, free gift of forgiveness through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is time spent in the Word, that fills us with joy so that we say along with the Psalmist, "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long...How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" May our gracious Lord grant to you his Holy Spirit and bless you as you spend time in the Word of your Savior-God. Amen.

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