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Understand

December 30, 2018

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Understand

Understanding promotes interest — and interest promotes further learning — and further learning promotes more understanding in-depth.     With such a cycle,  the enjoyment and interest  keep on increasing.     As people enjoy things  and become  more  interested  in them,  they gain an energy  to increase their skills  and understanding  in that area.

This same concept holds true  in coming to  “understand”  the ways  of God.     The more we “understand”  the whys and wherefores  of God’s ways,  the more we want  to learn  about them.     The more we learn,  the more we want to  “understand”  more.     From there,   we discover  that the more we enjoy God’s word,  we become increasingly  interested  in it.     We begin to see and  “understand”  the glory and majesty  of our LORD and Savior,  who has stooped down  to love us  and save us.

Some people claim  they are bored  with God’s word  and that it doesn’t have  any meaning  for them.     But,  in the same breath,  one never sees them crack open their Bible  to try to learn.     They have not gained  enough of an understanding  of the importance  of including God  in our day-to-day living.     They lack an understanding  of the grave difference  between heaven and hell.     They don’t “understand”  that there really is eternity  and that it will affect everyone  who has ever lived,  whether they care about it  or not.

The writer of Psalm 119  realized  that it is very easy  for us sinners  to slough off the deep end  and just ignore  God’s words of salvation  and guidance  to us.     We don’t  “understand”  how the almighty Creator of all things can possibly care  about us individually — especially since we’re constantly experiencing  all sorts of troubles  and challenges.     How can we know  God honestly cares about us,  when we face unending problems?

Truth be said,  we can never  come to an understanding  with our own human efforts.     Nobody can.     We must go to the LORD God Almighty  and ask  for His grace  and mercy  in giving us  a right understanding  of His word to us.     When we face the truth  of our lost situation  and turn  to the Lord  for His grace,  He will certainly answer our humble prayers.     That is why the writer  of Psalm 119  wrote in verse 27,

Make me understand the way  of Thy precepts,
So I will meditate  on Thy wonders.

This psalmist knew  that we must ask God  for the help we need  in understanding.    Only He can make us  “understand”.      If we don’t go directly  to God  and totally depend  on His grace,  we will end up  with all sorts  of man-made imaginations  and false doctrines.     This psalmist also realized  that as he gained  an understanding from the LORD,  straight from the Bible  only,  he would be more inclined  to go to God’s word  for all of the answers  he needed  in life.

That meant  that  he would be more willing  to meditate  on the wonders  in God’s word — and to apply those precepts  to his own life,  in every tough situation.

As we understand more and more  of our Lord’s ways,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your ways are wonderful beyond any  of man’s understandings.     Your glory and majesty are far beyond  our wildest imaginations.     Keep us in the wonder  of Your tender care.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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