In Psalm 119:33-40 the psalmist eloquently expresses his desire to learn more of God’s Word. Note the imperatives in each verse: teach me (33), give me (34), make me (35) incline (36), turn (37), establish (38), turn (39), and revive (40). While this section of scripture describes both the desire to learn and the reasons for learning, it is only one context which emphasizes these two points. As we reflect on Psalm 119:33-40, note some other passages of scripture which highlight the blessings which come from Bible study.
1. Stability and fruit production (Ps. 1). The one who meditates on God’s Word is like a tree planted by the river that brings forth fruit in its season. Bible study helps us to be firm in our faith and productive in God’s Kingdom.
2. Wisdom (Pro. 2:1-5). True wisdom is found through a diligent study of God’s Word.
3. Patience, comfort, and hope (Rom. 15:4). All three of these blessings are connected to Bible study.
4. To be built up (Acts 20:32). God’s Word strengthens us!
5. Salvation (Jas. 1:21). Our salvation depends upon our reception of God’s Word.
6. To avoid sin (Ps. 119:11). Scripture is a weapon to use against temptation. Note how Jesus responded to each temptation mentioned in Matthew 4:1-11.
7. Life (Deut. 8:3). Scripture provides the spiritual nourishment we need to survive.
8. To pass the test (John 12:48). We will be judged by the Word of God. It’s a test for which we already have the answers!
The importance of Bible study cannot be overstated. Consider the blessings that daily investigation of scripture provides and use them as motivation for diving deeper into God’s Word. May God help us to be better students of His will.