Bible Study On Psalm 119

The Word and Prayer as Seed and Soil for the Christian Soul

Christians who feel disconnected from God have most likely reduced or eliminated personal bible reading and prayer time. Rarely does a person dry up spiritually if they have been reading the Bible consistently and meditating on the Word of God throughout the day.

It's true that Christians have seasons and some are deeper and more spiritually moving than others. However, believers who are connected to the heart of God know that He will pull them through anything, including the all-too-familiar desert places. They read the Bible even when they don't feel like it, and ponder the inspired Word of God whether receiving a major revelation or not.

The Word of God is seed for the Christian soul. With it, the garden of a Christian heart can blossom with the fruits of the spirit, which are found in Galatians 5:22 and include love, peace and joy, among other positive attributes.

When a Christian reads the Bible on a consistent basis they are planting a large amount of quality spiritual seed. When they meditate on the Word through prayer and times of deep thought, Christians are adding nutrients and proteins to spiritual soil that offers the best hope for the seed to grow. It's true that the robust seeds of God's Word can sprout even in dry or anemic soil, but not as quick, not as bountiful, and not as strong as seeds planted in a nutrient-rich environment.

Psalm 119 is a Christian staple when it comes to understanding the value and necessity of reading and meditating on God's Word. With 176 verses, it is the longest of the Psalms. In it, King David expresses his love for God's Word, and a desire to learn and keeps God's precepts, statutes, laws and commandments. In verses 15 and 16, David says, "I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word."

It's been said that David was a man after God's heart, and Psalm 119 proves that David refused to settle for a surface understanding of God's ways. Instead, Scripture describes David's yearning for deeper revelation and inspiration through the Word. In the Psalm, David wrote that he trusted the Word, that it gave him life and was a lamp under his feet. He said that the Word gave him hope, and it strengthened and revived him. According to David, the Word enlarged his heart and offered comfort. In verse 72, he said that the law of God's mouth was worth more than thousands of coins and silver.

David's prayer focus in Psalm 1119 was that the Word of God would establish him, and he fully believed that anyone who sought God and kept His statutes with their whole heart would be blessed. David went further by asking God to open his eyes so that he could see the wondrous things from the law.

David was connected to God, but not because he was a king or had been given a special gift. David's intimacy with God was based on his eagerness to hear the Word and his passion for contemplating spiritual matters. David built a bridge to God through learning, understanding and patiently waiting for God's guidance.

Though the Bible isn't explicit about the amount of time David spent considering the heavenly realm, verse 11 provides a key for Christians around the world who struggle to stay connected. "Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You." Even when David sinned with Bathsheba, his confession in Psalm 51:4 showed that he cared what God thought. "Against You, You only have I sinned."

David's quest to connect with God was not for personal gain alone. Yes, he received hope, strength and comfort through the Word, but David cared so deeply about God, he did not want to hurt Him. Therefore, David sowed a large amount of quality spiritual seeds into his own soul and into nutrient-rich soil prepared through prayer. And out of it blossomed the fruits of the spirit, and a highly evolved understanding of God's ways.

Written by: Jamee Rae

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