The Blessings of Knowing Scripture (Psalm 119:1-3)

Psalm 119:1-3 “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, 3 who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!”
Have you ever thought of how easy it is for us to take the Scriptures for granted? Here we are in possession of the very words of God Almighty! Out of His goodness, He has preserved His word for us. Not only are we blessed to be in possession of Scripture, we are blessed through knowing Scripture. Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in the Bible and at its heart, is a love for God’s Word. As the Psalmist wrote these words, he (possibly King David) had a desire to know the Word beyond just an introductory level. He was not content with just knowing the basics of Scripture, He wanted to know the God who inspired Scripture. He knew that he was not only blessed with having the Word of God, he was blessed by knowing the Word of God. If we follow what the Psalmist says in these first 3 verses, we see that those who practice and know the Scriptures are blessed. In order for us to be blameless, we need to walk in the law of the Lord. If we seek Him with our whole heart and keep His testimonies, we will be blessed. Who are the ones that do no wrong? The ones that walk in His ways. There is a double blessedness that we see in these verses. To know and to practice what God reveals to us in Scripture blesses our lives beyond understanding. It is one thing to just read the Scriptures, it is another thing entirely to know them and to practice them. In verse 2, we are told that we are blessed if we seek him with our whole heart. This means that if we truly want to feel the blessings of knowing God’s Word, our devotion to His Word needs to extend beyond just skin level. It is all too easy to read the Bible like a Pharisee. To read the word and know the word but not apply it to our heart and to our lives is a soul killer. When you read the Bible and have your time alone with God, do you read it to know it? Or do you read it to live it out and to better love the One who inspired it? So, what is your quiet time like? If you had to tell us what it meant to truly love the Word of God, what would you tell us? Would you be able to say like the Psalmist that you seek Him with your whole heart? Do you walk in His ways and not just talk in His ways? How can we make sure that we are walking and seeking with our whole hearts? I’ll give you 3 ways, although, there are many more that could be listed.
1. Read the Bible supernaturally.
In your hands are a book that is unlike anything ever written. There is no other book in all of history that is like the Word of God. You are holding perfection in your hands, the very words of God. I believe it was Steven Lawson who once said, “if you want to hear the audible voice of God, read your Bible out loud.” Have you ever thought of it that way? The Sovereign King over ALL is speaking to you through this book! Go to the Bible expecting to hear God speak and you will never be disappointed. John Piper has an excellent book called Reading the Bible Supernaturally that does a much better job detailing this if you were interested in learning more about what it means to read the Bible differently.
2. Put into Action what You Read
All too often we can pick up a book, read it, learn from it, and then carry on with our lives as if we never picked it up to begin with. This cannot be the case with the Bible. Notice that the Psalmist uses the verbs walk and seek when it comes to those that are blessed. If we want to experience the full blessings of knowing God through His word, we need to put some action behind that desire. John Wesley once wrote, “it cannot be that people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading. A reading people will always be a knowing people.” The more you read  and act on the Word, the more you will know the One who inspired it all. As you read your Bible, write down some things that stick out to you and try to implement those things into your daily life. Maybe it’s something as simple as finding a quiet place to pray alone or memorizing Scripture. Maybe it’s something more like explaining the Gospel to a friend or a coworker. We can never grow spiritually if we aren’t acting towards growth. It might look like baby steps but we serve a God that is faithful and will help us to grow. The only thing we can’t do is nothing.
3. Pray the Word
When you read the Bible, pray that God would reveal Himself to you. Don’t go to the Bible and expect to understand it on your own power. Pray some of the promises of Scripture such as Jeremiah 29:13, where the Lord says that those who seek Him will find Him or pray James 4:8 which says that when we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. Pray for understanding before, during, and after reading Scripture. Meditate on those Words as you go throughout your day. If you are struggling with a passage, don’t be afraid to ask God to reveal information to you. Finally, remember to thank the Lord that He has revealed Himself to you through His Word, through His divine nature, and through the world around us.
If you would like more help on reading your Bible, I would recommend John Piper’s A.P.T.A.T (Admit, Pray, Trust, Act, Thank)  approach. It is something that I (Brady) have been practicing over the last year or so and I can definitely feel a difference in the way that I read the Bible and prepare things for my ministry. Attached is a link that better explains A.P.T.A.T

Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.


Don’t Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.

Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.

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Trust in The Lord

It’s simple. It’s short. Yet it’s incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Trust in the Lord.

It starts with trust. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It’s the only way a friendship will endure. It’s the only way a marriage will work out. It’s the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It’s all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That’s the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust.


Read part 2, Don’t Lean On Your Understanding