Gordon Fee, as well as others, have pointed out that we don’t want the people in our churches having devotional engagement with the Bible that is not exegetically on target. And that our people don’t need preachers who are exegetical without being devotional as they study the Bible. All true biblical interpretation should be devotional as well as exegetical.
But John Piper’s perspective was helpful to me. Absolutely, the preacher should have their heart stirred in the study. However, he said, there will be times when the exegetical rigor is not heart-stirring. You may be wrestling with technicalities in the Greek construction of a sentence for a couple of hours. You may be wading through technical commentaries weighing up interpretive options. The exegetical rigor may not be heart-stirring during the process, but the fruit of it had better be heart-stirring!
Do we make sure we are not transitioning into message preparation until we are not only thinking clearly of the passage, but also feeling deeply moved by it?