People Who Do Not Delight in God Do Not Study

I recently ran into Psalm 111:2.  It says this:

Psalm 111:2 Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.

Could it be that simple?  Could it be that the reason so many Christians don’t really study the Bible is that they simply do not delight in God?

Well, I decided to start a list (here) of passages that seem to relate to the one above.  Check back from time to time to see what I may have added.

Isaiah 5:11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
that they may run after strong drink,
who tarry late into the evening
as wine inflames them!
12 They have lyre and harp,
tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts,
but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord,
    or see the work of his hands. 
13 Therefore my people go into exile
for lack of knowledge;[f]
their honored men go hungry,[g]
and their multitude is parched with thirst.

Were these people drunkards because they lacked any regard for God’s works?  Is that what we’re going told here?  Was their “lack of knowledge” related to their lack of regard for God’s works?

Psalm 28:3 Do not drag me off with the wicked,
with the workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbors
while evil is in their hearts.
Give to them according to their work
and according to the evil of their deeds;
give to them according to the work of their hands;
render them their due reward.
Because they do not regard the works of the Lord
    or the work of his hands,
he will tear them down and build them up no more.

In the next passage, we see the proactive philosophy of someone who delighted in God—someone who took the time to memorize the words of God:

Psalm 119:10  With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

David continues concerning his delight in God’s words, showing quite specifically that he also delighted in God’s works and spent time meditating on them:

Psalm 119:27  Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous works.

Psalm 92:5 How great are your works, O Lord!
    Your thoughts are very deep!
The stupid man cannot know;
the fool cannot understand this:
that though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
    but you, O Lord, are on high forever.

In the first of the two passages above, we see the godly man wishing to understand God’s precepts and meditating on the same.  In the second, we are instructed that “the stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this”.  I believe that “stupid” and “fool” are used of voluntary states—attitudes that one adopts voluntarily, and from which one could repent if he wanted.

Revelation 15:2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant[a]of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

Great and amazing are your deeds,
    O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations![b]
Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Is it any coincidence that those who had conquered the beast are among those who find the works of God to be “great and amazing”?

Why don’t more people study about God’s works and his ways?  I think they have decided not to care.  They delight in other things, but not in God.  For example, they may well delight in the social aspects of “church”, but have no interest in God himself:

Isaiah 5:12 They have lyre and harp,
tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts,
but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord,
or see the work of his hands.

 They don’t mind having gatherings in his name, but when they’re there, their concern is for something else entirely.

 

 

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