A Psalms Bible Study Devotional
Bible Study - Make Time for It
One of our Inspirational Devotions
Psalms Bible Study verses encourage us to take time for God's word:
Psalm 1:2 - But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law does he meditate day and night.
Psalm 119:97 - O how I love thy law. I mediate on it all day long.
Psalm 119:62 - At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.
Psalm 119:147 - I rise before dawn and cry for help: I have put my hope in your word.
The person who is too busy to have a daily Bible study is too busy.
God did not intend for man to live life at a frantic pace. Whenever you engage in a Psalms Bible study you see a continual emphasis on the importance of a daily Bible study. Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10). When we always work and never rest we experience a subtle form of self-destruction. Our soul loses touch with God. We no longer sense God’s presence.
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Slow down and listen
The solution for this condition is to slow down, focus on God and listen for His voice. Being alone with God enables us to breathe the air of eternity. When we set our hearts on things above, we see another world; we see Jesus standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55).
Consider how Moses, David, Daniel and
demonstrated the importance of taking time to re-orient their life around God and not themselves.
Exodus 33:7-11 Moses set up a “tent of meeting” outside the camp, some distance away. Anyone inquiring of the Lord could go to the tent of meeting. As Moses went into the tent the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance. The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man would speak with a friend.
Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.
Daniel 6:10 Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.
Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and when off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Gordon MacDonald tells a story from African colonial history: In the deep jungles of Africa, a traveler was making a long journey. Natives had been engaged from tribe to tribe to carry the loads. The first day they marched rapidly and went far. The traveler had high hopes of a speedy journey. But the second morning these jungle tribesmen refused to move. On inquiry as to the reason for this strange behavior, the traveler was informed that they had gone too fast the first day and they were now waiting for their souls to catch up with their bodies.
The tent of meeting
Do you have a “tent of meeting” where you spend time alone with God? For many years my "tent of meeting" has been a near-by restaurant. Early every morning I hold an appointment with God himself. When I was first learning the practice of daily Bible study, I would write TAG (Time alone with God) in my calendar. Once scheduled, it becomes an appointment I keep.
Make an daily appointment with God
How about you? Perhaps it’s time to engage in a Psalms Bible study. Make an appointment with God for a daily Bible study so your soul can catch up with your body.
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
Discussion ideas for your small group or Sunday School class:
1. What great things did Moses, David, and Daniel do by the power of God? Do you think their lives were impacted because they regularly spent time with God?
2. How would your life be different if you spent
time with God
3. What is the single greatest hindrance to your Bible study?
4. What or who has helped you the most in forming the discipline of Bible study?
5. How has time with God changed your life?
6. What part of this Psalms Bible study convicted you?
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