Psalm 119:97, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day”
Jeremiah 15:16, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts”
The story has been told of a woman who bought a parrot, took him home, and then returned him to the pet store the very next day. “This bird doesn’t talk,” she told the owner. “Does he have a mirror?” asked the owner. “Parrots love mirrors. They see themselves and start up a conversation.” So the woman bought the mirror. Next day she returned. The bird still wasn’t talking. “How about a ladder? Parrots love walking up and down a ladder. A happy parrot is more likely to talk.” The woman bought a ladder.
Sure enough, she was back the next day; the bird still wasn’t talking. “Does your parrot have a swing? If not, that’s the problem. He’ll relax and talk up a store.” The woman reluctantly bought a swing and left. When she walked into the store the next day her countenance had changed. “The parrot died,” she said. The pet store owner was shocked. “I’m so sorry. Tell me, did he ever say a word?” he asked. “Yes, right before he died,” the woman replied. “He said, ‘Don’t they sell any food at that pet store?” The moral of this story is:
(1) You can spend your life on mirrors, focusing on appearance;
(2) On ladders, focusing on career success;
(3) On swings, focusing on entertainment, and
(4) Starve to death spiritually.
Mother Teresa said the most difficult cases she dealt with in Calcutta were those who’d lost their appetite entirely, or were so sickly they couldn’t feed themselves or digest food. You’ll die spiritually if you don’t feed yourself on God’s Word each day! Jeremiah said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.”
The Eternal and priceless Word of God is indeed nourishment to our soul. He wants us to learn His Word, which comes to us from a variety of sources, such as church and Sunday school attendance, Bible study and prayer, testing through trials, obedience, and through other godly people. Psalm 119 details how to stay pure in a world of impurity (v. 9), something all young people need to do. It also explains the importance of hiding God’s Word in our hearts (v. 11), something many older believers depend on as life becomes more difficult. The verses also remind us to praise God, value His standards, meditate on Scripture, and delight in His teachings (vs. 13-16). Sometimes God surprises us with the way He speaks to us through His Word. He can even use an amazing grandfather-grandchild “coincidence” to put them, and us, face-to-face with some of His most precious promises.
So, my brethren, we must truly know spiritual principles so that we can apply them, speak with confidence about our faith, stand up under adversity so that others will see Christ in our attitudes and actions. Thus, we need to continually feed our souls, not so we can remember facts or figures, but more importantly so that we can grow stronger and more mature in the Word. We may not recall all the details of each spiritual meal we partake of, but one thing is quite unquestionable, “Its everlasting nourishment.”
One mark of a well-fed soul is a well-read Bible.