October 2023 Column

Delight In His Word

Searching The Bible

Have you ever read the Bible and felt like you were reading it just to “go through the motions”? Or because it seemed like the “right thing” to be doing? Can you remember a time when the Bible in fact was really exciting to you? Perhaps when you were fresh in your relationship with Christ? Or maybe it was just this last month? Last week? Today? 

I’ll never forget when I was seventeen, early in my walk with Christ, and searching eagerly through the Bible with one of my best friends in his basement just to look for Bible verses that would encourage us. We would pick out any portion of the Bible and read it just to see what it said. Those were exciting times! Since then, I have certainly continued to find joy in reading and studying the Bible. But also, there are times when it may not feel as exciting or seem like the number one activity that I wish to do that day. Can you relate? In the first chapter of Psalms we find something very fascinating, and I believe, encouraging for us as well. 

In verse two of the psalm it reads,  “but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (NKJV). The word translated as “law” is originally the Hebrew word “torah.” The concept of torah meant not only specific laws but also the first five books of the Bible written by Moses. Since other parts of the Bible, like the entire New Testament, had not yet been written when this psalm was recorded, we may extend the concept of the “law” spoken of in Psalm 1 to include all of God’s Word. 

Now, think about this: the psalmist describes a person who finds God’s “law” or His Word to be a delight! Not only that, but out of their own personal desire they are meditating on it day and night! First, we discover here that God does not expect us to read the Bible simply out of a sense of obligation or because it’s the “right thing to do.” Instead, he wants us to be desirous to read it out of our own free will. And he wants us to enjoy it! There is indeed something genuinely enjoyable about searching the Bible that He wants us to discover. Second, we see that it must in fact be possible for us to get excited about the Bible!

You may be thinking, is it really possible for me to get that excited about the Bible? Let us first view the person being identified here in Psalm 1:1-3 as none other than Jesus. Read these three verses while picturing them as a portrayal of Jesus Himself. He perfectly executed what is described when He was here on earth living inside the realm of our human experience. We don’t need to feel discouraged if we don’t see ourselves perfectly matching this description; we only need to look to Jesus! And because He accomplished this, for us, help from Him is available in order to grow more and more excited about His own Word!

Questions for Discussion

Can you think of when you were the most excited about reading the Bible?

What does it mean to find “delight” in God’s Word?

If we ever find ourselves struggling to find enjoyment in reading or studying the Bible, what can be done about it?

Certainly, there may be times in life that seem to drive us to the Bible more than others. Experiencing a difficult moment such as the loss of a loved one or a very intense challenge at work. Or to thank God for something amazing that happened by reading one of the Psalms of praise. But no matter what mood or circumstance we may find ourselves in today, we can be assured that God both wants us to willingly find delight in His Word as well as know that help from Him is available in order to experience that delight.


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David Asscherick

David is a speaker/director for Light Bearers and ARISE co-founder and instructor. Since his baptism in 1999, David has traveled the globe preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Violeta are the happy parents of two boys, Landon and Jabel.

Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Lundquist, host of Rise & Lead, will headline 2023 AYP Convention.

Benjamin Lundquist is a top motivational speaker and one the leading voices for leadership development and empowerment. He is passionate about helping students and professionals see their worth and value, see themselves as a leader, and see their potential to change the world. The message he shares is motivating, relatable, and highly practical. Audiences are challenged to take extreme ownership of the unique gifts and opportunities they have. He is an international speaker and host of Rise and Lead Podcast which has been downloaded in over 110 countries providing aspiring and experienced leaders of all ages with world-class content and conversation. He frequently speaks at corporate and faith events, universities, and high schools.

Identity in Christ | Breakout Track

April is currently an associate pastor for discipleship at Keene SDA church. She is enrolled in a dual graduate program for Public Health and MDIV chaplaincy. She enjoys working with different ministries that highlight service, hospitality, and life enrichment. 

Her hobbies include traveling, reading, music, and extreme sports. An introvert at heart, she enjoys moments with close friends and in the quiet. Her and her husband, Blake Snyder reside in Burleson, Texas.

Purpose & Calling | Breakout Track

Ann Roda likes to describe her life as one long adventure with God. She began her career as a registered nurse in OB then transitioned into healthcare administration. Then, God unexpectedly redirected her path to the Adventist Theological Seminary, for an MDiv, and into pastoral ministry. She spent 15 years as a church pastor in Marietta, Georgia and Fulton, Maryland. Six years ago, God had another adventure for Ann, and called her back into the health care ministry, serving with Adventist HealthCare as Vice President for Mission and Spiritual Care. 

This position is the perfect combination of both pastoral ministry and health care. Ann is married to Jose Hernandez, a licensed professional counselor. Ann and her husband enjoy hiking, biking, and traveling.

Relationships | Breakout Track

Stephen and Felecia Lee are partners in the mission. They share a mutual passion for young adult ministries and using their talents to share the Gospel online and through speaking engagements. Stephen helps individuals and businesses function more efficiently through time management and productivity techniques. Felecia is a full-time homemaker and also the founder of the New Wives Club. 

In addition to this, she runs a program teaching women of color how to learn principles of faith through natural hair care. They live in New Hampshire and speak in different places on topics related to singleness, courtship, communication, evangelism, and faith.

Spiritual Health | Breakout Track

Shawn is passionate about generations coming together! She grew up in a four-generation family business and knows, from first-hand experience, that when people of all ages work together, everyone wins!

She has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Nebraska and is an award-winning sales and marketing professional. Her professional certifications include being a member of the John Maxwell Team and DISC Behavioral Consultant. Recently she published her first book “Strategies for Generational Inclusion at Work.”

Communities | Breakout Track

Michael Gibson currently serves as the Lead Pastor at the Keene SDA Church where he most previously served for four years as Pastor for Young Adults and lead Elevate, a growing and thriving young adult community in Keene. Michael is married to Melissa and they both enjoy the outdoors, long walks, and traveling to new, unexplored places. 

Most days, when he’s not teaching, preaching or studying, you’ll find him playing disc golf or working on home renovations with Melissa. They recently welcomed their son, Micah Eden, into the world last October and ever since, life has taken on a whole new meaning. Above all, Michael and Melissa have a passion for discipleship and telling others about the incredible God they serve. For them, the gospel boils down to loving God and loving people.