A while back I posted about a single verse Bible study method. I thought I’d actually apply it, and share it with you. Not everyone has an easy time making Bible study be effective for themselves.
- Write the verse down. (I actually handwrote the verse rather than typing it.)
Psalm 139:1-2 (NAB): LORD, you have probed me you know me: you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar.
- Mark the repeated words so they’re distinct.
LORD, you have probed me you know me: you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar.
- Write down the 6 question words:
Who, what, when, why, where, how
- Ask 3 questions about the verse:
- Who is this about
It’s about God and it’s about me, working together. Reminds me of Php. 2:13: “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you both to will and to do his good pleasure.”
- What should my reaction be
- Reverent fear
- Walk circumspectly (paying attention)
- Feel protected and watched over
- Guidance for me is individualized; made for my thoughts. I’m not stuck with generic guidance for the human race, but God will make his will known to me in a way I can understand it.
- How does God do this with everyone?
God is greater than we can imagine. He fills the universe. Even his love and care for us, no matter how much we think we understand it and are awed by us, is far greater than we can understand. Every attribute we consider a quality, God has without limits. He is infinitely patient, infinitely forgiving, infinitely selfless. Though he teaches us to praise him, even that is for us, not him. He is never offended or angry except for our benefit.
- Who is this about
- How does this humble me?
- I am always exposed to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
- I am watched over and cared for; I am not my own caretaker.
- I am humble in myself, but I can boast in God.
- I can even boast in the great benefit of the care of God, that others might be compelled to come into that care.
- All are seen in this way by God, but not all reap the benefits because not everyone listens. For others, our boasting in Christ is to bring them to want to listen to him.
I hope that from this you can get insight into this Bible study method, into Psalm 139:1-2, and even some insight into me. Everything I look at will be touched by my unique perspective and personality. So will everything you look at. It’s something to be joyous about. God knows your thoughts, so if there’s anything unique about you that needs to be changed, he’ll let you know.