In order to understand a subject, we first learn as much as we can about it. But, there’s something before knowledge…
7 The fear [love and respect] of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but [self-important] fools despise wisdom [God’s perspective] and instruction [God’s directives].
The Holy Spirit gives us a hunger and desire for God’s Word. He wants us to find out all we can about Him, His ways, and His Plan. Jesus said it like this:
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
The Spirit of the LORD was upon David (you may read about his anointing in 1 Samuel 16:13). Here is what it looks like when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our minds and hearts concerning His Word:
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
In Psalm 119, which is a literary work of art considering that David used each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, wrote eight verses per letter, and used seven words interchangeably: law, word, statutes, ways, precepts, decrees, and commands. In this psalm we find verses like:
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
18 Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
There are many more, so I encourage you to read the psalm looking for themes, the interchanging of words, and the heart of David as he was led by the Spirit.
For me, this year will be the Year of the Word. I am beginning today with a chronological reading of the Bible. I have done it before and gained great insight about how the different books, letters, and prophets fit into the timeline. I greatly encourage doing it. There are internet sites with reading plans, books with reading plans, and even chronological bibles that are lined out in that format. GO FOR IT!
Abba, as I study Your Word, may You open my eyes that I may see those beautiful truths about which David was talking–and all he had was the Old Testament! I have Your revealed truth in the New Testament that contains Your life, testimony, and Your words to us, along with instructions for daily living from Paul, Peter, James, John, and the writer of Hebrews. May I immerse myself in Your Word; may You baptize me with Your Holy Spirit. Looking forward to the year, Abba. Amen.