December 28, 2008

Are you "A Great Lover"?

Funny how the world uses that expression to describe someone who (in most cases) hasn't a clue what love really is. A godly man is a lover of the Word. A man who loves the Word will be a "great lover" in every aspect of his life; for it is only through the Word that one learns what love really is and learns how to truly love others.

Thomas Watson writes in "A Godly Man is a Lover of the Word":.

Chrysostom compares the Scripture to a garden set with ornaments and flowers. A godly man delights to walk in this garden and sweetly solace himself. He loves every branch and part of the Word:

1. He loves the counselling part of the Word, as it is a directory and rule of life. The Word is the direction sign which points us to our duty. It contains in it things to be believed and practiced. A godly man loves the directions of the Word.

2. He loves the threatening part of the Word. The Scripture is like the Garden of Eden: as it has a tree of life in it, so it has a flaming sword at its gates. This is the threatening of the Word. It flashes fire in the face of every person who goes on obstinately in wickedness. "God will wound the head of His enemies, the hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses." (Psa. 68:21). The Word gives no indulgence to evil. It will not let a man halt half-way between God and sin. The true mother would not let the child be divided (I Kings 3:26), and God will not have the heart divided. The Word thunders out threats against the very appearance of evil. It is like that flying scroll full of curses (Zech. 5:1).

A godly man loves the menaces of the Word. He knows there is love in every threat. God would not have us perish; he therefore mercifully threatens us, so that he may scare us from sin. God's threats are like the buoy, which shows the rocks in the sea and threatens death to such as come near. The threat is a curbing bit to check us, so that we may not run in full career to hell. There is mercy in every threat.

3. He loves the consolatory part of the Word - the promises. He goes feeding on these as Samson went on his way eating the honeycomb (Judges 14:8,9). The promises are all marrow and sweetness. They are reviving to us when we are fainting; they are the conduits of the water of life. "In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul." (Psa. 94:19). The promises were David's harp to drive away sad thoughts; they were the breast which gave him the milk of divine consolation.

to be continued....

1 comment:

Michael said...

Song of Solomon 6:1-3 Whither is thy beloved gone , O fairest among women ? whither is thy beloved turned aside ? that we may seek him with thee . My beloved is gone down into his garden , to the bed of spices , to feed in the gardens , and to gather lilies . I am my beloved's , and my beloved is mine : he feedeth among the lilies . To me there is little doubt that Chrysostom's assessment was derived from the Holy Scriptures themselves and most likely as they are recorded in this book of the Bible . As we look to our blessed Lord and Master through His Word , we delight in the fragrance of His presence and we become as a waterd garden bursting forth with the fragrance of life unto those who live and the fragrance of death unto those that are dead . Unto the living we are made to be a source of enrichment as together we rejoice in His goodness , mercy and love . Unto the dead we are as the smell of death itself for it is not until one is enabled to see that he is dead , that he can be enabled to see his need for life , and the life that we speak is the life of Christ raised from the dead .