Intimacy with God Through the Word + #WWJ28D Launch
"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you" Psa 119:11
Passage: Psalm 119:1-16; Hebrews 1:1-2; Colossians 3:16; John 15:7-11; John 5:39
Dinner: Loh Mai Kai/Claypot Rice
Speaker: Calvin Cheah (CCCF Class of '96)
LAUNCH OF #WWJ28D - OUR CF-WIDE 28 DAY BIBLE READING JOURNEY
Recap and Reflections
Oh how we long to truly desire to read your Word! Yet the reality is sometimes we're lazy, often we're distracted, usually we're too busy or caught up in our own life - all this while 'knowing' that "Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart" (Psa 119:2).
What a surprise to hear that the psalmist himself experienced that! He paints a picture of the ideal (v1-4), knowing that it is a joy to be intimate with God through following His testimonies, His law, His precepts, His WORD - yet he cries out with a voice brimming with desperation that he is far, far away from that ideal (v5-6)!
How relatable! How true that the Christian life is characterised by struggle, by a longing to truly desire His Word and be intimate with Him!
Our brother Calvin walked us through Psalm 119, showing us how the psalmist then resolved to be close to God through His rules/rulings and His word (v7-8). From v9-16, we see again how it starts with the encapsulation of the ideal - the importance of the word and the seeking of God with our whole heart (v9-10) - followed by a deeply personal message to God repeatedly fixating on God's Word and his desire for the Word.
Beyond listening to it God's Word marvellously also leads to the psalmist wanting to declare (v13), to meditate (v15), to not forget (v16) as he delights (v16) in it. Indeed, this is such a clear picture of how God's Word not only influences us at a personal, internal level yet also how it doesn't stop there as we declare it and sing to one another (Col 3:16). Since it's worth so much more than riches (v14), let us constantly keep it close to us as we remember it and meditate on it!
Intimacy with God through the Word is indeed a joy, yet in us we often yearn for more, and rightly so, for the real Jesus rather than just His Words though they are full of Him. In this we have His word in John 15:7-11 reminding us that in keeping His Word we abide in Him. However, rather than be Pharisees who 'religiously' "search the Scriptures because [we] think that in them [we] have eternal life" (John 5:39) but in doing so fail to recognise the God who speaks those Words, let us rightly yearn for more, for that glorious day when we will see Him face to face!
How then, might we encourage one another to engage with the bible as God's word? Ans: Join us in the CF's 28 Day Bible Reading Journey! Circumstances and people around us influence us, and we inevitably struggle to read His word, and worse still sometimes we stop struggling at all. As a loving community, we want to walk alongside one another as we seek to walk with Jesus closely!
How it works
1. Get the Bible Reading Journey CARD from your CGL - fill in the blanks as you see fit
2. Join us from 17.10 for 28 days as we read through Matthew together (or use the flip side to write your own bible reading plan!)
3. If you would like your CGL to pair/group you with some friends in your CG to intentionally encourage and edify one another in this journey, let him/her know ASAP!
4. Follow @thecccf for daily reflections on Instagram and blog posts throughout the 28 days
5. Whenever you want, contribute any reflections on Instagram (get the password from your CGLs!) and the CF Community Blog (here! firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Prayer for us: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God" Colossians 3:16
1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, 3 who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! 4 You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. 5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! 6 Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. 7 I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules.[b] 8 I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 12 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! 13 With my lips I declare all the rules[c] of your mouth. 14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.