Day 194

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Psalm 119: 1-176 (NIV)

Linda Turner, Finance Income Manager

Do you want to be wiser than your enemies, have more insight than all your teachers, have more understanding than the aged, and be kept from every evil path? Then the Bible is the book to study; it is God’s words of instruction to us. God teaches us in the Bible through stories, parables and “street-wise” advice, along with no-nonsense warnings on just about every topic that affects our every day life.

Wisdom and knowledge do not come to us by osmosis. We can now touch a couple of buttons on our computer or smart phone, and garner millions of pages on one subject. But that is information only, not knowledge. It only becomes knowledge to you if you learn the information. Learning is active participation. For example, if I type into my computer search engine “Art,” I get 434,000,000 results. Are you an artist if you have 434,000,000 results at your fingertips? No way! Neither are you wiser than your enemies, more insightful than all your teachers, more full of understanding than the aged, and more wary of every evil path by having the Bible sit unopened on your bookshelf.

When we don’t read the Bible, we cheat ourselves of comfort, wisdom, delight, insight, understanding, knowledge, good judgment, discernment, blessings, strength, freedom, peace, and counsel.

It is pretty simple: the more you read the Bible, the more you will learn about God–His wisdom and His ways. If not by osmosis, how?
By meditating on His words: Psalm 119: 15, 23, 27, 48, 78, 97, 99,148
By being teachable: Psalm 119: 12, 26, 29, 33, 64, 66, 68, 99, 108, 124, 135, 171
By learning – being willing to study: Psalm 119: 7, 71, 73, 152
By gaining understanding: Psalm 32, 34, 73, 100, 104, 130, 144, 169
By considering – pausing to think; to ponder: Psalm 119 : 6, 15, 59, 128

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5).

“Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart” (Psalm 119:2).

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4 responses »

  1. You make a great point. It is not by looking or observing but by reading, studying, praying, and thinking that we learn from the Bible. Thank you.

  2. Words of great wisdom, Linda.

    I agree, having a skill-saw, 4′ level and a pickup truck doesn’t make me a carpenter nor does having wrenches and socket sets make me a mechanic. In the same sense, having a Bible won’t make us a Christian. Reading THE BOOK on the subject matter, apprenticing under a master in the field, studying and then applying what we have learned and practice, practice, practice!!! If we want to be a Christian, we need to spend our time with Christ.

    As I read through the verses today I gleaned out the following that I connected with and can easily adopt as my prayer.

    Psalm 119 (NLT)
    7 As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!
    8 I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!
    18 Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.
    36 Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money!
    37 Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.
    54 Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived.
    59 I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws.
    67 I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word.
    73 You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands.
    91 Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves your plans.
    93 I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life.
    105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
    147 I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.

    Thank you Lord for allowing us to apprentice under you and follow your example through the study of your word. Thank You for the loving discipline to keep us on track, and thank You for the God sightings that You let us see and feel so we know that You are with us and we are on the path that leads us to You. It’s in Jesus name, I pray.

  3. I tend to be stingy with words. i answer written questions with a couple of words, a sentence at most. So I am in awe of the verbal extravagance of Psalm 119. It is 179 couplets all talking about one topic: God’s word, from inside and outside, from this angle and that angle, looking up and down and both ways sideways, in this situation and in that.

    And I am humbled by how comprehensively the author applies the Bible to his life and experience. This guy really knew the Bible, and he really knew the God Who wrote it. He did not see God’s law as restrictive or limiting, he saw it as protective and supporting. May I learn to rejoice in the boundaries established by God’s Word.

  4. Lord, thank You for Your Word, living and active, sharper than a double edged sword, discerning all the thoughts, attitudes, desires, attitudes, intentions and motives of my heart (Heb 4:12). Nothing is hidden from You. Your Word can speak to any and all of my questions and dilemmas completely and accurately. Thank You for the cleansing and renewing power of Your Word as we settled in for a long soak (Eph 5:26). Thank You for the freedom we have to study Your Word without fear of harm. Thank You for the super-abundance of resources we have to read and study Your Word. Thank You for the ability You have given us to hide Your Word in our heart so that we always know Your way. We, Lord, are without excuse.

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