Reading — or being in — the Word of God is not an intellectual undertaking. David sings,
“The unfolding [the gradual revelation or disclosure] of Your Words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple [unlearned, unsophisticated].”
Even the simple person, the person without a large knowledge base, is able to understand the Word of God as it is gradually disclosed or revealed. How does this revelation occur?
Here is the big question? Does this disclosure of the Word occur only through the Holy Spirit or also through the Church? My friend and fellow blogger, M.T. Sweat posed this question not long ago in his post “Sufficient or Not?”. The answer defines major differences in Christian approaches to both the Church and to the Word of God.
Many of David’s verses in his song honoring the Word of God clearly favor Scripture Alone.
“Deal with Your servant according to Your Love and teach me Your decrees. I am Your servant; give me discernment that I may understand Your statutes.” (Psalm 119:124-125)
“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I put my hope in Your Word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on Your promises.” (Psalm 119:147-148)
“Yet You are near, O Lord, and all Your commands are true.” (Psalm 119:151)
“Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” (Psalm 119:165)
“I stray like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I do not forget Your commands.” (Psalm 119:176)
“You are my refuge and my shield; I put my hope in Your Word.” (Psalm 119:114)