Earlier this morning I posted a blog which ended in a call to the Word as the authority. Let’s go deeper with that.
The reason I plead for both (Heart Devotions and Head Study) is that without a book or a class about what some part of the Bible means and a teacher who is ahead of you, your devotions will probably flatten out at a low level of insight. Year after year you will go over the same biblical ground and find it as perplexing as before. There will be little advance in understanding. This will tend to take the heart out of devotional reading, because the lack of growth cannot sustain the joy. John Piper (Desiring God blog 3.22.09)
So there is a common thread throughout history that is encouraging people to not take lightly the teachings of the Bible. There is a “Beatles” mentality in the world today- All you need is love… love is all you really need. This is true, but if you consider what Jesus said about love, then you will come to realize that true love is far beyond the initial emotion. You need to grow in knowledge. To say that you just want to worship God is shallow. True we need to worship God, or rather, we get to worship God. But God is more pleased with followers who are worshiping in spirit and truth.
Finally, look at what the Bible says about itself:
For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account. Hebrews 4:12,13
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
What if we allowed the Word of God to penetrate our lives, worship, and music of God through His Son, Jesus, and by the power of His Spirit? Our lives would be impacted, our hearts would be changed, and our lyrics deeper than the vast oceans.