A reciprocal principle

Psalm 111:2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

A reciprocal principle

“Reciprocal: given or felt by each toward the other.” When we refer to something as being reciprocal, it means there’s a continual exchange of expression taking place. For example, when a husband loves his wife, she tends to love him back. The expression of love is exchanged back and forth. That’s a picture of something being reciprocated. We have another picture of this principle embedded in the verse before us. “The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.” Those who study the works of the Lord, who are truly engaged and open to them, will also be those who find great pleasure in them. Do you see the reciprocal nature here? The more you take in God, the more you will want to take in God, which will lead you to take in more of Him, which will then make you want even more of Him, and on and on and on. It’s a continual exchange that occurs. Now let’s make it relevant. There are those who know they ought to be more into the things of God but they lack motivation. To them, opening the Bible and studying about the works of the Lord seem dull and boring. And that’s how it will seem until they take the first step to study them. But once they open the Word up and consider God’s great works, the more they’re going to be drawn to go even deeper, and the cycle is set in motion. Of course the “they” is really “us,” because at some point we’ve all been in this place. But should that happen, we need to remember that the more we study and learn of the Lord, the more we will be pleased with what we find. Lord, make us seekers and students of Your works and ways…and in doing so may our joy be full.

– Bob Coy

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