Today we will be discussing going deep in the Word of God. Let’s start by defining the word deep. The definition of deep is to extend far down from the surface. The opposite of deep is shallow and means to stay on the surface. What does it mean to go deep in the Word of God? How do we do that? And why would we?
To go deep in the Bible means that we don’t stay on the surface. We aren’t satisfied to skim the top or stay in the shallows…but rather we want to go into the depths of Scripture. How do we do that? Let’s take a section of Scripture such as Psalm 27. We would begin by reading the Psalm. From there we can take several different approaches. We can spend some time in prayer over this section of Scripture and see what the Lord reveals. We might break the words down using a concordance and see what is discovered in this manner. We may read commentaries, books, or discuss our thoughts on this Psalm with other believers. These are all ways we could go deeper in the Word.
Another aspect of going deeper into the Bible is practical application or obedience to God’s Word. If we don’t want to stay in the shallows, then we need to apply the Bible to our lives. For example, we can read in Matthew 5: 44, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
We have a choice when we read Scripture of either staying in the shallows or going deeper with God. If we desire to go deeper, we would ask Him to work this scripture out in our lives and to provide an opportunity for us to walk it out. And then, when He brings that opportunity we respond in obedience to His Word. We are to be doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1: 22). It’s in the places of personal application where the “rubber meets the road”, so to speak.
We go deep in God’s Word in order to know Him more. Diving deeper in to the Bible encourages our hearts and allows us to encourage others on a deeper level. There is power in His Word! Hebrews 4: 12 tells us, “The Word of God is living and powerful and sharper that any two-edged sword…piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” God’s Word does God’s work. And as we go deeper into His Word, it does a deeper work in our hearts. And then as we share that deeper Word and working in our hearts with others, they in turn are impacted in the way that God desires. May we go deeper in the Word and see the outcome of it in our lives!