Let the Word Dwell in You Richly
- Date: September 4, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
Psalm 119, verse 11, says, "Thy word have I hid in my heart [out of the abundance of the heart…]: that I might not sin against thee". Because when I hid the Word in my heart in abundance, that is all that will come out. Well, we learn something here, don't we? The Word, Hebrews says, is a discerner of the thoughts and the intentions of the heart. It judges that desperately wicked heart, the Word. "I hid Your Word, that I won't sin against You."
Verse 63 says, "I am a companion of all of them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts." We need to get around the right people, don't we? Who are you hanging out with? "Well, I like to be around the people that I have things in common with, and the people that have this kind of taste, and go on this kind of vacations, and like this kind of sports," and whatever it is. That is not how you choose your companions. That is the wrong crowd if they are not first and foremost fearing You and keeping Your precepts. "I want to hang with the people who are doing the Word, who fear God. Those are my friends. Those are my companions." As that becomes part of the course that directs our lives, we are going to begin to see the heart change. We are going to begin to see the words change that come out of our mouths.
"You will never (verse 6) be ashamed when you have respect unto all of His commandments." Verse 24, "Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors." We see that this is what orders the steps of us on a daily basis. Verse 92, "Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction." Verse 97, "O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies..." (Psalm 119:97-98). We begin to see the need of eating this Word, and letting it become that joy and rejoicing of our hearts.
Verse 128, I love this passage. "Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate [the world's wisdom]." I hate it! I don't just disagree with it. I hate it! It is offensive to me, all of this secular thought that has crept into the body of Christ. "Order my steps," verse 133, "in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me." "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them" (Psalm 119:165). To reestablish the value of this Word in our lives, maybe it would be good to sit down and read Psalm 119 every day for a while and let God's Word begin to be big in our eyes again.
He admonishes us in Ephesians to be filled with the Spirit, and then to speak to ourselves in these psalms and hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:18-19). In the parallel passage in Colossians, Chapter 3, he says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him" (Colossians 3:16-17). "The Word to dwell in you richly." What are we putting in there in abundance? "Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You."
In Ephesians, he talks about the fullness of the Holy Spirit. In Colossians the fullness of the Word of God. The fullness of the Holy Spirit and the fullness of the Word of God will cause us, then, to minister one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody speaking words unto edification. It becomes as simple as what we choose to fill ourselves with, filled with His Spirit, and being filled with His Word will cause us to minister grace to all who hear us.