Verses 129-130 Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
We begin the seventeenth stanza with more praise and delight in studying the words of the Lord.
As we mentioned yesterday the psalmist knew the value of the law but today he states that the reason he obeys is because of how wonderful it is. Knowing their value drives him to obedience. As we said the other day, it isn’t about the face value of the law, it is the deeper understanding that reveals the value.
We talked the other day about praying for discernment about how to best understand the law. That is one step and today’s verses show another. He talks about unfolding the law. This is the act of opening up the Word of God and studying it for full understanding. There are studies that have been done about the amount of time that the average person, claiming to be a Christian, spends reading the Bible. The results should embarrass every church member.
If we don’t bother to make the time to read the Bible more than once or twice a week how can we even begin to understand the truth of Scripture? But the psalmist says reading it wasn’t enough, he wanted to understand it and was willing to put in the effort to gain as much knowledge of the Word as he could. But it wasn’t merely wanting to know what it said, he knew that the more he knew the words of God, the more he would know God.
Another thing that this man of song understood was that one doesn’t have to be a theologian to gain understanding of the Scriptures. We limit ourselves more than the Word limits us. If we ask for discernment and make the effort to study the Word daily we will start noticing a difference in our understanding of the Word and of God. The psalmist had the desire to study so he could do better at obeying but also to build his relationship with God. This should be what we want too. We should not be satisfied with a minimum time in the Word. We need to evaluate our lives and see what it is we are studying instead. The internet? TV? No matter what it is, if it isn’t God, we are placing something in front of Him in our hearts.
Making It Personal
How dedicated are you to studying the Word of God? Does your study of the Word benefit your life? How have you grown through studying the Bible?
Making It Personal Kids
What is the best way to learn more about something? Do you study to know God better? What is something you have learned about God recently?
Father, thank You for giving us this tool to get to know You better. Give us an increasing hunger for knowing You and Your Word better. In Jesus’ name, amen.