You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
9 With my
soul [nephesh] have I desired ['avah] thee
in the night [layil]; yea, with my spirit [ruwach] within [qereb] me will I
seek thee early [shachar]: for when thy
judgments [mishpat] are in the earth ['erets], the inhabitants [yashab]
of the world [tebel] will learn [lamad] righteousness [tsedeq]. KJV-Interlinear
9 My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly
seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the
world learn righteousness. ESV
The soul is the real essence of what you are. What you think is the content of what and who you are. Your deepest inner desire reflects the pattern of life that you have chosen for yourself.
And when your thoughts and intents and motivations are directed toward God, knowing God, which is knowing truth, which is the means of completing your total self, then your priorities in life are correct and on track.
Anything else is a pretense, a delusion, a straying away from orientation with life and reality.
The judgments of the earth, refers to all the problems, all of the responsibilities, all of the obligations, all of the distractions, all that exists. And all of these and more, serve but one purpose, which is not so you could have a better life now, but so you can learn righteousness, which means Gods will and purpose and intent for all of creation and all of history and all that is, especially knowing and understanding the real difference between right and wrong, and why that difference exists in the first place.
Your focus should be in the day and in the night, and not drifting along in a fog, aimlessly, but focused on your future. And your future is not the here and now only, but it is eternity.
And eternity is where you will spend the lions share of your total existence.
Your here and now is but a blink, if even that, on the timeline of your entire eternal life.
To place all of your thoughts and focus on the now only, is extremely short sighted.
The inhabitants of the earth refers to everyone.
All of creation and all that occurs in the daily life of everyone, is there in order to teach truth.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.