Pastor Tim Romero
Nehemiah 8:5–6 (ESV): "5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. 6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, "Amen, Amen," lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground."
The Word of God should bring awestruck wonder into the hearts of every worshipper for we know that it is literally God's words to us personally. Never allow the familiarity to remove the wonder of His Word.
After Nehemiah secured Jerusalem all the people gathered at the Water Gate and they asked Ezra to bring out the Book of the Law. Ezra and several other priests stood on a platform made by the people for this purpose and then Ezra read the Word of God aloud to them from early morning till midday. All the people stood at attention, gripped with awe as they listened intently. Ezra then blessed the people and they fell facedown to the ground and wept bitterly before the Lord.
The Word of God has a way of softening the hardest of heart and revealing the most hidden sins. It can bring a grown man to his knees while at the same time nurture and raise up a child to maturity. Don't lose the wonder of His Word. It's no chore to read, it's a blessing! It's something I get to do, not have to do!
May we take advantage of the access we have to the Word of God and never let it become a heartless endeavor accompanied by a careless nonchalant attitude. Rather, may we dive in with expectation and reverence attentive to every word. After all, they are God's literal words to us.
Father, how amazing and loving You are to have written sixty-six love letters to Your children. We stand in awe of who You are and how You describe Yourself to us in Your Word. Help us to never grow tired or indifferent towards Your holy Word but rather keep us on fire, excited and full of expectation as we dive in discovering more about Your impeccable character and holiness and generous benevolence in Jesus' name, amen.