In several weeks we will begin studying the book of Nehemiah. There are a number of issues I want us to understand as we approach this book so that our heads and hearts are in the right place. Today I want us to address the heart. How is it that we should respond to the Word of God?

I address the heart first because, as both Jesus and Solomon tell us, it is out of the heart that the mouth speaks; the heart that controls the mind and directs it whithersoever it will. We study, we value, we respond to what we love, to what we esteem and revere. So our hearts must be rightly directed to God’s Word and, if this is accomplished, our understanding of the Word of God will grow accordingly. So how should we respond to the Word of God?