Today’s Scripture: “Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.” Psalm 119:27
So, Psalm 119 seems to be an underwriting chapter for our series on “Why Read The Bible?”. Today, however, we see something else from this chapter. It’s talking about understanding the Word of God, and that’s where we get back to constantly studying and meditating upon the Bible. How in the world is it that we can understand the Bible if we don’t read it, study it, and meditate upon it? I write messages based upon what I know and understand…how in the world could I write messages if I didn’t have any knowledge, wisdom, or understanding of the Word of God? I couldn’t. I’ve found myself saying this a couple of times…if it wasn’t for the Word of God I wouldn’t help, but have anything to write about.
Psalm 119 was written by David. The more that I read from Psalm 119 the more I am able to see, and understand why David’s reputation is a man after the heart of God. David’s love for God’s Word is something that I only wish that I could duplicate myself. I can’t even pretend that I’m that saturated and infatuated with the Word of God. Even as a pastor and someone who has a ministry I can admit that my love of God’s Word pales in comparison to what we read in Psalm 119.
However, what I can tell you is that I understand the heart of David here. I love God’s Word…don’t get me wrong, but what I’m admitting is that even I can see that I can always stand for more room for the love for God’s Word.
What bothers me about my admission is that I’m one of the 25% or less that reads my Bible on a daily basis. I have to…especially as a writer. I must have an understanding and knowledge base of God’s Word in order to deliver good, solid Biblical messages. Yes, the Holy Spirit inspires, and helps me write…but I also have to be able to draw on my wisdom and understanding at times as well. The only way I can do that…is to read the Word, study the Word, and ask God to help me to understand what it is I’m reading.
I will also admit that I had a couple of really good teachers. The first…and best teacher I’ve had was the Holy Spirit who taught me the Word of God Himself during several times in what I would describe as my own personal wilderness. Part of that wilderness was a couple of stays in the Kenosha County Jail due to horrible decisions I made while being carnal, and not really wanting anything to do with God. I can testify to the fact that I spent quite a lot of time reading and studying during a couple of extended stays in the iron bar hotel.
The second was Pastor Stephen Robbins who was my pastor from 2001 through 2007. While under the leadership and shepherdship of this man attending his church services wasn’t like attending a sermon, but Bible college. I credit him with confirming the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding the Holy Spirit gave me during my times of incarceration. I was extremely blessed by this man because he helped the Lord to really build and solidify the foundation I now have in God’s Word. It’s how I learned to have discernment, and now know when someone is preaching a false gospel…and who isn’t.
Under his teaching I established a foundation in things like “Justification by Faith”, “The God Side”, and an overall understanding of the basics of the Christian faith. I believe he has an anointing similar to Paul’s which was the defense of the true gospel, understanding the mystery, and again the general foundational truths in which are now the foundations upon which Christlike Ministries NWA is built. I owe so much to Pastor Stephen Robbins, and thank God for him.
I am greatly disturbed by the fact that less than 25% of the body of Christ studies their Bibles on a daily basis. I admit that I found myself in that place for a while. I was one of those Christians who was one of those who had the Word of God fall amongst the thorns. I can admit that I had the cares of the world turn me into a carnal Christian, and I’m certainly not proud of that…but I know what it’s like to live life as a Christian that way.
Not only do they have the cares of the world distracting them, but we tend to kind of live life with one foot in the world, and one foot in the kingdom of God. We’re also the kind of Christian that Jesus refers to as lukewarm. Listen, I’ve written several times now that the reason there are so many powerless Christians today is because of a lack of understanding, knowledge, wisdom, and having a foundation in the Word of God.
I can even be honest enough with you all to say that until this year, and until the Lord spoke to me His theme for this year for me…Getting Serious About Being Serious With God is because of my living life among the thorns. God got hold of me, and my attention through the third person in which I give credit for my growing knowledge and understanding of the Word of God. New Life Christian Center’s Pastor Cass Hill.
It’s been an awesome year. Launching Christlike Ministries NWA has helped me to become that good ground that the Lord speaks of during His parable on the four soils. It’s helped me to take the other foot that I was trying to keep in the world, and cross it over into the kingdom of God. Getting Serious About Being Serious About God is one of the first messages I wrote, and it’s also kind of the starting point of what’s become a heck of a ministry.
It’s also helped to really get my heart on fire for God’s Word again. Like I’ve said a few times…without the Word of God I don’t have anything to write about. So, in all seriousness I’ve turned a major corner over the last six months, and I enjoy what I’m doing now for the Lord.
Understanding the Word of God is of vital importance in these last days…and we are living in the last days. Proverbs is full of verses that link wisdom and understanding.
- Proverbs 4:5: “Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.”
- Proverbs 4:7: “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”
- Proverbs 16:16: “How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”
- Proverbs 19:8: “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.”
Wisdom and understanding are always linked together…and do you know what’s also linked with these two things? The Word of God. “Through Your precepts I get understanding.” Psalm 119:104 (NKJV). Through Your precepts I “get understanding”.
Friends, we all need to discover a passion and love for the Word of God like David writes about in Psalm 119. I know that one of things this series has done in my heart is help me to discover that I need to pray as I have that God will burn a passion and fire for His Word that’s unquenchable. I hope that this series has given you the same desire.
Points for Pondering:
- What is David’s desire?
- How would it affect your life if you had a better understanding of God?
- How can you get a better understanding of God without reading and hearing the Word of God?
Conclusion & Prayer:
I don’t have much to say today in closing. I think this has been a pretty good message. I will repeat something I just wrote. I hope that above everything that this series has helped to challenge your heart and love for the Word of God. I hope that this series has helped to burn a passion in your heart for God’s Word. I hope that it’s sparked a desire to spend more time in God’s Word on your own. I really hope above everything that what this series has done is get you to dust off that Bible, and start reading it more often.
Oh Lord, I can’t seem to stop with the prayer of desire for more of a burning passion for Your Word. I just ask for the fire and passion to be such that is unquenchable and unsatisfied by anything, but more time in Your Word. I love You so much God, I love Your Word, and I ask that You would continue to help me to write and to increase in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. I pray that those who are following along with this series have a passion burning in their hearts for the Word of God, and challenged to be spending more time in Your Word. I give You glory, honor, and all the praise. I thank You for the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding You’ve given me…and I thank You for helping me to write good, solid messages…in Jesus’ name I ask this…Amen & Amen