Psalm 119 is one of the greatest chapters in the Bible focusing on God’s Word. Today let’s consider some specifics on the benefits of studying Scripture and applying it to your life and circumstances.
I. Experiencing the Benefits of Reading, Studying, and Applying the Bible
The Psalmist lists some of the amazing benefits of opening the pages of God’s Word, seeking God through it, and applying it to your life. There are 11 specific benefits that are given when you personalize God’s Word.
2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart.
God promises that doing what the Bible says brings happiness.
7 I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
God’s Word brings a sense of gratefulness.
- Clean Conscience
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.
Applying what the Bible says brings a clean conscience.
24 Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors.
The Bible gives guidance on every issue. The Bible not only diagnoses the problem, it also offers the solution.
28 My soul weeps because of grief;
Strengthen me according to Your word.
The Bible infuses you with strength for the next step
Psalm 119:38; 161
38 Establish Your word to Your servant, as that which produces reverence for You.
161 Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of Your words.
Reading and studying God’s Word brings a reverence for, a fear of Almighty God.
41 May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me, O Lord,
Your salvation according to Your word
Only the Bible can tell you how to get to heaven, how to have your sin forgiven, and how to have a real relationship with God.
45 And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts.
Doing God’s Word brings freedom to your mind, emotions, and spirit.
49 Remember the word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope.
When you read, study, and apply God’s Word, it gives you the sense that something better is coming.
52 I have remembered Your ordinances from of old, O Lord,
And comfort myself.
“Comfort” means a sense of safety and well being.
98 Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever mine.
“Wisdom” means practical knowledge, how to apply God’s will to specific situations.
II. Making an Application from Bible Reading and Bible Study
We will use an acrostic for APPLICATION to know how to take a Scripture and put it to use in your life, schedule, job, at school, in relationships, and in decisions.
ASK God to show you how to practically apply this Scripture to your life.
PROMISES should be identified.
Is there a promise for you to claim? What are the conditions? Look for the “If” or conditional statements.
PLACE the Scripture side-by-side with other Scriptures.
Compare Scripture with Scripture. Get a good study Bible, and notice the references in the margin of your Bible.
LOOK at the context.
Carefully note the Scriptures before and after.
IDENTIFY from the Scripture areas you need to address personally.
Is this Scripture telling me to do something I haven’t done?
CONFESS any sins.
Does this Scripture point out any sin that I need to confess?
ASK some questions.
What did the passage mean when it was written? What was the background and the circumstances of the one writing it? What is this Scripture saying about some attitude you need to change or some decision you need to make?
TURN it into a prayer and praise.
Put the Scripture in the form of a prayer and/or a praise to God.
Write down your thoughts about what you read.
Act on the light God has given you and more light for the next step. Obey what God tells you to do immediately.
NOTICE the impressions or thoughts God places in your mind when you read the Scripture.
Has He placed a name on your mind? Has God reminded you of something you need to do or a promise you need to keep? Is God leading you to approach someone?