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Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart. – Psalm 119: 34 (NLT)
Let’s be honest, the Bible isn’t always the easiest book to understand. Sometimes we read things and have no clue why they’re in there, what we’re supposed to do with them and we can easily become discouraged if nothing we’re reading is making sense or if we don’t feel like we’re ‘getting something’ out of our time in the word. What I love about this particular verse is the honesty – this guy (or girl!) is admitting that he doesn’t understand everything! True understanding is grasping the concept, and knowing how to apply it to your life. It is okay to ask God to help you understand something – especially in the Bible! I believe that everything is in there for a reason, and that we can ‘get something out of it’ every time we open that book. We just have to humble ourselves and ask God to help us to understand. It’s hard to obey instructions when you don’t understand what they are! This psalmist is saying that if God would grant him the understanding, he will put into practice everything that God tells him to do and not only that, but put them into practice with all of his heart. That’s a big commitment, but it’s one that I think is so vital to our relationship with God. We need to be sold out – not lukewarm! We need to put our energy into obeying God’s instructions with all our heart, and if we don’t understand something it’s okay to ask God to give us understanding. I do it all the time. My challenge to you today is to ask God to give you understanding so that you can obey Him with all of your heart. Ask God to reveal something to you in the scriptures that you’ve never been able to fully grasp before – it will deepen your relationship with Him so beautifully, trust me!