Listen, Live and Learn
A devotional thought from Psalm 111:5-10
Psalm 111:5–10 5He hath given meat unto them that fear him: He will ever be mindful of his covenant. 6He hath shewed his people the power of his works, That he may give them the heritage of the heathen. 7The works of his hands are verity and judgment; All his commandments are sure. 8They stand fast for ever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness. 9He sent redemption unto his people: He hath commanded his covenant for ever: Holy and reverend is his name. 10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: A good understanding have all they that do his commandments: His praise endureth for ever.
Listen, Live and Learn
I spent some time teaching on how to use the software for an electrical supply company and discovered this truth, you can tell some people how to do it a million times but until they try to do it themselves words are a waste. Hearing how has value for some but there is no teacher like one’s own hands. Rather than vain repetitions I found that one time through with my explanation should be followed quickly with their attempts at execution. Mistakes will be made but they do teach the most memorable lessons. Practicing is the only real path to perceiving. My teaching philosophy was for the student to listen, then live it so they could learn it.
Listen, live, and learn, is this not the principle taught in this passage?
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: A good understanding have all they that do his commandments: His praise endureth for ever.
A good understanding of God’s precepts will only come to the person that practices.
I find churches are filled with folks who have heard the preaching and remember verses but do not have an understanding in their hearts. Why? Could it be that their heads are filled but hands are idle?
Jesus taught the principle of practicing in order to perceive in the gospel of John.
John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
“If you do it then you will know it”, that is what Jesus said.
Have you ever heard someone say that they would gladly obey if they only understood why?
I have no doubt that if God explained all his instructions, his words would make no sense without experience.
Join me in my determination to try to put God’s precepts into practice so that WE can truly perceive what they mean and understand his ways.
When it comes to God’s Word; listen to it, live it and then we will truly learn it.
Readings for 10/5/20