Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
Great peace, something that seems to be so out of reach for many of us today.
The headlines and social media, speak the opposite on a daily basis, peace too it seems has stumbled out on the streets.
As I read Psalm 119:165 last week I kept going back to “Great peace have those who love your law”. It was an aha moment in the midst of the turmoil. When we love the Word of God, spend time in the Word, it fills us with great peace and it causes us to walk without stumbling in spite of what may be happening around us.
When we study the Word, not only will it bring great peace but it will also transform us, it will guide us, build our faith and give us hope.
We see in John 8:31-32 that Jesus says that if we abide in His Word “[continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples. And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].” (AMP) Abide means to stay, to remain, to continue. It’s an ongoing process, not a one-time thing. That’s what we need to be doing.
In a world that is constantly forming its own “truth”, we need to cling to God’s truth, His truth sets us free, He is the way, the real truth, and the real life.
Studying the Scripture is not optional, it’s essential.
You don’t need anything fancy, you just need to create the time and space to meet with the Lord.
Get your Bible, Journal/Notebook, Pen
Get Rid of distractions
Pray and prepare to study
You can study the Bible base on your learning style. If you are an auditory learner, you can read it aloud or use an audio app, if you are more of a visual learner you can read the Scriptures and also read it in different translations. Kinesthetic learners can write it out, highlight it, paint it and find ways to apply the Word practically.
A simple Bible study method that I have used is called the S.O.A.P method
Write down the Scripture/s
What are your observations from the passage you are reading?
What is the application? How can you apply what you’ve read?
End the time with prayer.
I love digging deeper into Scriptures and looking at the Greek and Hebrew meanings, as well as reading different translations. A favorite Bible Study tool of mine is Bible Hub, they feature Greek and Hebrew study tools, concordances, commentaries, dictionaries, and much more.
5 Scriptures about the Word of God
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.Joshua 1:8
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.Hebews 4:12
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.Psalm 119:105
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.Romans 15:4
Your word I have treasured and stored in my heart, That I may not sin against You.Psalm 119:11
Let us set our hearts to studying the Word of God today and receive the great peace that comes from loving the Word.