“The Unfolding Of The Word” ( Psalm 119: 130, NIV ) by Carley Evans

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)

10 thoughts on ““The Unfolding Of The Word” ( Psalm 119: 130, NIV ) by Carley Evans

  1. Great post Carley,
    Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the bible, is all about the love for the Word of God. It is my favorite Psalm. Revelation in God’s Word is a precious thing and we need intake of the Word from reading/studying as well as from the 5 fold ministry gifts spoken of in Ephesians 4:11-12
    The scripture is clear that we need both. The Word of God is spiritual food. …”The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (Jn 6:63)

    The ministry gifts are to help us be equipped for the work of the ministry.

    The Lord said to me one time, “Revelation does not come by investigation, but it does come to those who investigate.”
    I didn’t understand that for the longest time, then He showed me that revelation comes to those who have a heart for Him, a heart for His Word, much like David expresses in Psalm 119. You can have a head full of knowledge about the bible and know next to nothing about God, but if you truely love and desire Him, He will reveal Himself in the most unusual and personal ways. He will use His Word, His people, nature, your kids, your dog. Whatever it takes to let you know that He loves you personally.
    Great bloggin sister. keep it up!

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