The Discipline of Study

bible-Sunlight“My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.”               Ps. 49:3 (NIV)

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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 what the Bible has to say.

However, as any student of the Bible knows, there are many passages that are difficult to unravel…even with meditation. These passages require in-depth 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.

As with the rest of the spiritual disciplines, study of Scripture will provide wonderful fruit if we are successful in slaying the Beast of Busyness in our over committed schedule in healthcare.

Prayer: Lord thank You for providing all the study resources available to me today!

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