August 13, 2007

Delighting in the Day, Part 2: Let the Word Dwell Richly

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3.16

One of the secrets of Christian happiness is delighting in the Lord’s Day, or making Sunday special. If we would set this one day aside from our own daily grind and leisure activity…and set this one day aside for public worship and private devotion, we would “ride on the heights of the land” (Isaiah 58.13-14). What gladness if we’d give one day in seven wholly to the Lord!

Now, if you intend to have a special day, you don’t begin planning the day when you wake up that morning! No husband who wants a special Valentine’s with his wife waits until 9AM on February 14th to start preparing! No, he prepares for several days so that one day might be special!

The same is true of delighting in the Lord’s Day. If we want Sunday to be special, we will not begin our preparation in the car on the way to church! No, if we truly want the Lord’s Day to be a spiritual delight, we will prepare our hearts for several days in order that this one day might be special!

That’s what Colossians 3.16 is all about. The great thing about Sunday is that we have time to come together for “teaching,” for spiritual “singing,” and for general encouragement. But we can only delight in these central events of the Lord’s Day if we “let the word of Christ richly dwell” in us. But how will the word “richly dwell” in us, and how will we enjoy Sunday worship, if we never crack the Bible until 10 or 11 o’clock Sunday morning?!

Frankly, the reason many people find Sunday School lessons and sermons ‘too much to swallow’ is because they haven’t eaten anything else all week. But those who enjoy the Bible in small portions throughout the week are most able to benefit from a whole day of feasting on Sunday! The concentrated exercises of this one day become a delight when we prepare ourselves for several days beforehand!

So, let me urge you to delight in this day by spending a few minutes delighting in the Word on the other six days. If you do so, the quality of your Lord’s Day worship will increase exponentially. And so will the quality of your life in general. Delight in the Lord’s Day and you will “ride on the heights of the land!”

No comments: