22 Jan Psalm 119:1-8
How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the Lord. 2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart. 3 They also do no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways. 4 You have ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently. 5 Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes! 6 Then I shall not be ashamed When I look upon all Your commandments. 7 I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments. 8 I shall keep Your statutes; Do not forsake me utterly!
I find that there are many people who have a lot of enthusiasm and some who are less than excited about just about everything in their lives. The word enthusiasm comes from two Greek words; “En”, meaning, “in” and, ‘Theos”, meaning, “God”. Enthusiasm represents the presence of God in one’s life. Applying God’s word to our circumstances brings a burst of enthusiasm nothing else can provide. Things can bring us a temporary high, until they break or payments grind on and on. A new job or even a new marriage should bring us lots of enthusiasm, but can get boring until we put God in. Psalm 119 is full of, “God in” kind of statements. This affirms the value of having God’s word in our lives and also brings us unique benefits that come only from the Word of God. Psalm 119 is the longest Chapter in the Bible and its theme is the Word of God. The response we should have is to give praise to God for His word and we learn how we are to behave in relation to it. Too many people are seeking spiritual highs as an emotional high to quiet the pain of their aching lives, but this just leads to emotional hangovers. God’s word provides all the nutrients and true enthusiasm one can absorb. Maybe we need to get back to the basics. Stand on the principles of God’s word alone. Read, study, meditate, memorize God’s word. Pray over it. Let it saturate your thinking. Use it when problems arise. Filter your decisions through it. If you don’t already, begin to meet God daily and take your Bible with you. I promise you will grow spiritually and you will finally be able to live beyond the problem of low enthusiasm.