Day 9 - Love the LORD Your God: Keep His Word
God gives us many blessings: “that your days may be long”, “that it may go well with you”, “that you may multiply greatly”, and “a land flowing with milk and honey”. What is the foundation of these blessings? Love for God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. God is the fountain of all our blessings. Oh let us love and adore God from the bottom of our heart!
Speak O Lord
(Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, 2005)
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow'r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we'll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory
Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:1-9)
The passage before us may seem to make a relationship with God look transactional – if I love God, then He will bless me. However, that fades away when we realise the extent of our helplessnesss in sin – left to ourselves, we would never love God , so He had to initiate the relationship first. To add to that, we were never able to keep our end of the contract on our own. Just as God walked through the animal halves alone and made a one- sided covenant with Abram in Genesis 15, so too, did Christ initiate forgiveness and paid the full price for sin on the cross. Ours is a debt we can never repay. So our motivation for keeping God’s Word is drastically different – instead of a posture of pride and self-interest, we keep His Word out of humility, gratitude and love.
Our love for Him is to affect every aspect of our lives, and we are told teach God’s message to our children and their children (Det 6:7-9). Indeed, when we keep His Word, we bear spiritual fruit (Matt 7:15-20).
- What does it mean for us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength? What would that look like for us?
- How can we apply this truth today? Are there ways we can seek to that better this week?
- Can you see traces of spiritual fruit in each other’s lives? Take some time to encourage one another and point out ways where another person is keeping God’s Word and exercising faith.
Our heavenly Father, we praise You for Your love and mercy. What the hymn says is true, “I was blinded by my sin, had no ears to hear Your voice. Did not know Your love within, had no taste for heaven’s joys. Then Your Spirit gave me life, opened up Your word to me!”1. So now, take Your truth and plant it deep in us. Shape and fashion us in Your likeness2. All this we pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, Amen.
- The church in Singapore, that we will not be captivated by false teaching and fads.
- Yourself and GBC, that we will experience God’s grace, and that it would flow out from us in ministry to others.
- The church leadership that they would lead the church well.
1“O Great God” by Bob Kauflin.
2 Adapted from “Speak O Lord” Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.