Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Two things that will make your insight and understanding excel

There are some basic things we must do to learn the things of God. We must regularly attend a church that gives sound Biblical teaching. We must engage in fellowship with other believers that Love the Lord. We must personally read the Bible on a regular basis. Studying a reliable Bible commentary is a good idea too.

But in addition to these things, two other things will cause us to excel in insight and expand our understanding. Those two things are meditating on God’s Word and obedience. Lets look at Psalm 119:99-100

99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged,
Because I have observed Your precepts.

David did not just have average insight. Verse 99 says that David had insight that was greater than all of his teachers. And what was one of his powerful secrets? He meditated on God’s Word. One way we can accomplish this is by setting aside a time where we ponder a verse or passage over and over again. Paying attention to each word as we try to extract insight from that passage.

But, David also made mention of meditating on God’s Word throughout the whole day. In Psalm 1:2 he said,

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

And as we meditate on His Word we must also ask God to teach us. David was dependent on God for his insight. In Psalm 119:18 he prayed this,

18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Your law.

Next, in verse 100, David had a greater understanding than the aged. And how was he able to have a greater understanding than those with more life experiences? It was because he observed what God told him. Obedience enlarges your understanding.

And there is a direct connection between meditating and obeying. Everyone knows that we first think about what we are going to do before we actually do it. So too David meditated on God’s Word and those thoughts led to acting on God’s Word.

Do you want an insight and understanding that is greater than those around you? Then meditate on God’s Word and obey it.

Scripture quotations taken from the "NASB" (www.lockman.org)

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