Thus it happened when the king heard the words of the Law,
that he tore his clothes.
(2 Chronicles 34:19)
Jehoiakim radically responded to the Word of God when it was read to him. As a drastic sign of his deep repentance, the king both wept and tore his clothes. Thus, the proper response to the Word of God involves an inward emotional response and an outward demonstration of repentance. God’s Word creates a radical response within the hearts of the hearers. When you truly discover the Word of God, it will create a reaction in your life that will be both inwardly emotional and outwardly demonstrative.