Today’s verse points out that the fruit of Biblical meditation is understanding. As we open the Scriptures to read and meditate upon passages, our goal should be to come away from that time with a greater understanding of the Bible.
However, as any student of the Bible knows, there are many passages that are difficult to even begin to grasp an understanding.
These passages require some deeper study prior to meditation.
In-depth study of the Bible is another spiritual discipline.
Study of the Bible refers to the closer examination of the original language and the meaning of those words in the context they are found within the Bible.
Fortunately, there are many tools available to us non-theologians that enable us to not only find the original words, but easily access their meaning in various contexts.
One of my favorites to use on my iPad is the AcroBible. The AcroBible is available in many different translations for a small fee. There are many free downloadable resources that are included in the application, including publically available commentaries, the Greek NT, the KJV with Strong’s numbers, as well as Thompson Topics.
For instance, if you want to know the original word used in any passage, you simply hold your finger on that passage and a reference tool appears. If you have downloaded the KJV with Strong’s plug in, within a few short clicks, you can find the original word as well as it’s meaning.
In addition to Bible study tools available on our smart phone and tablets, there are many computer based Bible Study programs. Here is a review of several top Bible software programs.
Finally, in depth study of the Bible should include some reading of commentaries. There are many older commentaries that are available in the public domain such as Matthew Henry’s Commentary. However, It often helps to reference more recent commentaries. The choice can be overwhelming and not all commentaries are equal. John Piper’s ministry Desiring God has certain recommendations that can be found here.
The main issue keeping us from studying the Bible more in depth is our busy schedule in healthcare.
I’ll write about that issue once again tomorrow.
Prayer: Lord thank You for providing all the study resources available to me today!