NEED INFLATES THE VALUE
My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. Psalm 119:171
There should be no such thing as a casual Bible student. Yet tragically, many hear good Bible teaching on a certain subject, then shrug their shoulders and say, “That’s nice.” They are unaffected. Their reaction is as if someone revealed a piece of news that had little value to them.
David reveals that praise pours out of his mouth when the Spirit of God clarifies and personalizes the scriptures. Praise is instinctive, not something he has to work at. That tells me that what he’s learning is something he knows he needs.
As one who used to be the casual Bible student, I’m so happy to say that God brought me to the end of myself and I saw my great need of Him. Everyday, my needs cause me to press into God for answers. Understanding them takes time and God holds Himself responsible, through His Spirit, to be my teacher as I wrestle with the scriptures. When the full light of a truth penetrates my darkened mind, it is glorious. It is exhilarating. Praise and worship are the result. Only by His grace am I at a place where I understand David’s words.
This scripture characterizes the journey of a lifetime. My need is endless. God’s truths are limitless. Consequently, His teaching role is ongoing. At this very moment, I’m struggling with a certain biblical reality that makes me feel uneasy with God. I know that the problem is lack of understanding on my part yet I will tell you that I hate feeling this way. Like all other touchy issues in my past, God will lead me through this one too and there will be a moment when it all clicks. I’m sure of it, not because I’m smart and persistent, but because I have a Teacher who promises personalized instruction. He knows my story and how to drive a needed point home.
That I need You was the first, and best, thing You ever taught me. Amen