KEY THOT: The psalmist prays to God to "teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes" and to "give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart." There are two important lessons from these two verses: firstly, concerning who the Author of Scripture is; secondly, concerning what the purpose of learning Scripture is. The first lesson: Scripture is a product of human authors writing under inspiration of the Holy Spirit: "For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:21). Therefore, the true Author of Scripture is God, not men. So it makes sense that if we truly want to hear God's word from Scripture, we must turn to the Lord and ask Him to teach us and to give us understanding. But too often, we prefer to ask from men because it requires no personal commitment to know the Lord. These human sources could be our favourite bible teacher, commentator, preacher, mentor, etc. If we want to hear God speaks to us, our first priority is to ask Him for His revelation because He is the Author of Scripture.
Father God, deliver us from a love of knowledge apart from truth. Grant us a desire to know Your truth so that we may be transformed in our inner man. Amen.