It’s Greek to Me


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I love to break down Scripture and go back to the original Hebrew or Greek text. (Sounds like fun, huh?!) If you did a word study on Psalm 37:4, you would find that the Hebrew root word used for “delight” is not common. Another word for “delight” is found many more times in Scripture.  In fact, within the same Psalm, David uses a different Hebrew word for “delight”. In verse 23 he says, “The steps of a man are established by the LORD when he delights in his way…” Why would David choose two different words for “delight” in the same Psalm? Why in the world should we care?

Well let’s put it in 21st century terms. When I am writing a post, I try to choose my words carefully. For example, if I was writing a post about things I loved or liked, I would choose the word based on the intimacy of the relationship. I might say “I love my husband, and I like my Starbucks barista.” Well for those who know me that might not be the best example, but you get my point. Starbucks is my jam!

If our measly human words are important and have meaning within our thought process, how much more important and significant are the words of our Almighty God?  2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that all Scripture is God-breathed..

What does that mean? The Holy Spirit inspired the words, the verses, the passages, everything. All Scripture is inspired by God.

When David wrote the Psalms, and Paul wrote his letters to the early churches, they were not rambling out of fleshly emotions or using their ancient thesauruses and dictionaries to come up with big, complicated words to confuse us. The very Spirit of God inspired them to put their ink to the paper, speaking through them to give us the perfect Word of God.

This is one of the reasons why I just love studying Scripture. We don’t want to go crazy and over-analyze everything to make meanings fit where there are none, but by asking the Holy Spirit to teach us (John 14:26) and taking the time to dig deeper into the Word of God, even the word choices can clue us into precious truths from our Father. Isn’t that exciting?

And one of the best parts of all is that we don’t need a seminary degree or a minor in Greek to be captivated by God’s Word. His Word is for all of us no matter what our background!

So back to Psalm 37:4. Why did David choose that particular Hebrew word? Honestly, I don’t really know. I have some thoughts, but I won’t share unless I have some solid research to back up that kind of thing. We don’t always need to know everything in Scripture, but it’s fun to ask questions and learn. We will spend the rest of our lives learning new things and going deeper and deeper into His truth. At the same time, the most important part, the Gospel, can be understood even by a child. Isn’t that awesome?

Praying God draws us to Himself through His Word 🙂 Happy Labor Day Weekend!









Our Ultimate Desire

Have you ever been reading God’s Word when a passage or verse just jumped out at you? That’s what happened to me with Psalm 37:4. I came across it while reading through the Psalms in my early 20’s. My quiet times were spotty at best, and a woman at my church suggested the Psalms as a good way to get into the habit of daily Scripture reading.
“Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what drew me to this verse. As a young mom, I must admit I might have interpreted the verse like this: “So all I have to do is love God, and He will give me everything I want? I’ll take a bigger house, a better job for my husband, two more babies, and I would like to lose the baby weight without trying… And, oh, can I also have it together at all times?  Sounds like a pretty great deal to me! Can I get this verse painted on a plaque for my kitchen?!”  (See actual  kitchen sign below that my mom gave me for Christmas that year- ha!)

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But over the years, the Lord  started to show me something. The more I began to truly delight in Him (not just going to church, being “good”, or saying the right things), the more those desires changed to what He wanted for me. The things I listed above are not inherently wrong, but I discovered that I was elevating some of them before Him. I found that they would never truly fulfill the desires of my heart. The God of the universe is not a means to an end.
When we delight in the LORD, getting to know Him more through His Word, and spending time with Him, our desires begin to change. They start to line up with His will for our lives, and ultimately, we desire Him! The more we delight in Him, the more we desire Him, which makes us delight in Him even more! Everything else in this world will leave us wanting more. These longings point us to the only One who can satisfy. And it He is oh so delightful.
“Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” Psalm 107:8-9