Memorise: I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Psalm 119:16
Read: Psalm 119:9-16
Bible in one year 1 Thessalonians 4-5
Besides commitment to an unbroken link with God and a personal commitment to God's presence, another factor that identifies someone who is committed to God is his or her attitude to God's word. If you are truly devoted to God, if will show in your level of commitment to His Word. You will deliberately find time to hear, read, study, memorise and meditate on it. You will also find time to put it into practice because hearing and not practicing what you have heard from the word makes you a hypocrite - one who deceives oneself. Hence James 1:22 says, if you hear God's word on restitution, tithing or loving those who hate you, but fail to obey, it shows you are not committed to the word. Every instruction you have received from the Bible, which you have not obeyed stands against you in the area of commitment.
If you are committed to the word, you will love it. It will become something very important and precious to you. In Psalm 119:9-16, the psalmist used God's word as an antidote to sinning against God. This means that, as he hid God's Word in his heart, it displaced all the evil thoughts to sin against God. If you also hide it in your heart by memorising and meditating on the word, it will be difficult for you to sin. Show me a Christian who often sins, and I will show you a Christian who is not committed to the word of God. In addition, in verse 14 of Psalm 119, the psalmist says God's word gives him joy. He sees every revelation that comes to him by studying the word to be as valuable as silver and gold. What value do you attach to the Word of God? If your quest for money is separating you from the word, it shows you are not committed to it; you value money above the word. If you are committed to the word of God, you cannot stand a day without it. Peter was so committed to Christ's words that he threw his net when he would ordinarily have refused that order (Luke 5:5). How committed are you to His instructions?
Key point: Your commitment to God's word shows how committed you are to God because God and His word are the same.