Today we continue our series entitled, “Back to the Bible,” with Part 40. We have been looking at Psalm 119. Let’s continue to walk through this amazing psalm. We are reading from The Passion Bible Translation.
(v.131) I open my mouth and inhale the word of God because I crave the revelation of your commands.
(v.132) Turn your heart to me, Lord, and show me your grace like you do to every one of your godly lovers.
(v.133) Prepare before me a path filled with your promises, and don’t allow even one sin to have dominion over me.
So what does this mean to you today? A few things.
1. To receive the revelation many Christians desire, we must fill our hearts with the Word of God. David said, “I open my mouth and inhale the word of God because I crave the revelation of your commands.” (Psalm 119:131 TPT).
a) Reading the Word of God does not require supernatural activity, on the surface level. Anyone capable of reading can pick up a Bible and read it. They may not understand it, but they can most certainly read it. But what David wanted was revelation. David filled his heart with what God said (past tense, in His Word), because he wanted to hear what God was SAYING TO HIM (present tense), in the moment. This is where the real “magic” happens. The Bible is not just a book. It is God’s living Word and it contains layers and layers of revelation. When you read what God said and you position yourself to HEAR what He is SAYING to you in the moment, you can receive the insight/revelation you need to maximize the season you are in.
b) If you only know God in the Bible, you can live a good life, but you will never maximize your purpose and potential by just knowing God in a book. You cannot just live by what you READ. You must live by what you HEAR! Jesus never said to His disciples, “Okay guys, I just read a chapter of Isaiah or Genesis, and today we are going to do what I read.” NO! “Jesus said, “I only do what I see my Father doing. I only say what I hear my Father saying. The Father loves me so much, that He shows me what He is doing and He lets me in on it.” (John 5:19,20 Rick Pina Version). Jesus loved the Word, but He did not live by what He READ. Jesus lived by what He HEARD and what He SAW! We must live the same way.
c) The purpose of filling your heart with the Bible — or like David said, “inhaling the Word of God,” — is so you can HEAR (to know what to say) and SEE (to know what to do) in your current situation.
d) The more Word you get down in your heart, the better positioned you will be to HEAR and SEE when God begins to REVEAL what on the surface is CONCEALED from those who are not spiritual.
2. When you walk with God and He walks with you, He will show you His grace and fill your path with His promises. David said, “Turn your heart to me, Lord, and show me your grace like you do to every one of your godly lovers. Prepare before me a path filled with your promises, and don’t allow even one sin to have dominion over me.” (Psalm 119:132,133 TPT).
a) David asked God to “show him His grace.” God freely extends His unearned grace to all people, but something special happens when you acknowledge it. When God reveals to you how good, kind, gracious and merciful He has been to you — how He has been far better to you than you have been to Him — it does something to you on the INSIDE. So pray with me like David did, “Father, show me your grace. I want to live cognizant of your overwhelming goodness towards me.”
b) From the day you are Born-Again to the day you die and are translated into God’s eternal presence, you are on a journey to walk out the plan God established for you before the world began. As you walk down the path to your destiny, the Bible tells us that this path is filled with God’s promises. In order to maximize your purpose and potential while you are in the ‘land of the living,’ you must believe God’s promises, claim them as your own, stand on them, and pursue them by faith. You could never earn God’s promises, because they are given to you by God’s unearned grace. But you must use your faith to access God’s grace. Faith is your part, grace is God’s part. Living this way — using your faith to access God’s amazing grace — you will experience God’s promises fulfilled and His purpose completed in and through your life!
Father, this is a season of expectation for me. I inhale Your Word daily. I fill my heart with what You SAID, because I expect to HEAR what You are SAYING. I live by what I HEAR and SEE. You REVEAL things to me that are CONCEALED from others. I am cognizant of Your loving kindness and tender mercy towards me. I am aware of Your amazing grace. I am extremely thankful for Your goodness. You give me great and precious promises by grace and I use my faith to lay hold of them. As I do, I will leave a mark in this world that will not easily be erased. Not because I am so good, but because You are… only because of Your amazing and unearned grace! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
This is Today’s Word. Apply it and prosper!