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We love it and we hate it. God’s Word is what we need. A part of the Christian realizes that. Another part realizes that we would surely fall away without God’s help. How can we so complicated? Our reading from Psalm 119:33-40 doesn’t explain it. It simply describes the tension. And tension there is. We delight in selfish gain. We delight in worthless things. There’s no denying it.
Although we can agree with the Psalmist, we can agree that God’s Word gives us life and all that we need, we still confess that we need God’s help to turn our attention where it belongs. This is all tied to the sinful nature, as described in Genesis 3 and illustrated through the rest of the Scripture. With the apostle Paul in Romans 7 we realize that we both love and hate God’s word. We like sin. We’re addicted to it. Yet a part of us doesn’t like it. We love what we hate.
Lord, have mercy. Give us a heart and mind to follow you. Cement your Word into us. Amen.
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