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.
1 A Psalm of David. [David]
O LORD, [Yahovah] do I lift up [nasa'] my
A Psalm of
1 To Thee,
O Lord, I lift up my soul. NASB
In other chapters and books we have studied the contrasts between faith and works, between good and evil, between worldly knowledge and spiritual knowledge, even between worldly wisdom and spiritual wisdom.
And here we begin the contrast study of the differences between the focus of the soul on God, versus ones focus on the world.
Heaven is and has always been referred to as up, while the world has always been referred to as below.
We always look up to God. We have to look down when we look to the world.
And so it is when we refer to the thoughts of the soul.
There are two types of thoughts, those what are worldly, also called temporal thoughts, and then there are those which are spiritual.
Worldly thoughts are temporary, and yield little or no value. They are here today, and gone tomorrow. And actually most thoughts are here now and gone in just a moment.
People spend most of their life on thoughts that get them nowhere. They tweet and post and text. They watch tv and entertainment events. They absorb themselves in activities that go nowhere, produce nothing, and give them zero advancement in their life. And they do this over and over and over, minute by minute, hour by hour, day after day for months and years. And what do they have at the end of it all? Nothing.
They fill up their minds and thoughts with nothing, with empty activity, with empty filler. And when they arrive at the end of their life, they discover or perhaps do not discover, that they have been nothing more than historical filler with an empty life that has amounted to nothing and certainly far, far short of that which God intended.
And this because they ignored God, in favor of pursuing their own empty activities of life.
To lift up, 'nasa' is to look at a higher level of purpose, to look upward permanently, to advance as opposed to standing still, to succeed as opposed to failure, to contain, to fill oneself up, to stir up, to yield, to complete.
And what is lifted up?
Not the eyes, not the head, not the arms, but the soul.
The soul is the real living you. He soul contains thought, and that thought comes from learning, not how to text, not how to sing or dance, but from the scriptures. Real and legitimate learning comes from the receiving of instruction of bible doctrine.
What is the beginning of knowledge or wisdom? Fear of the Lord. But fear does not come by accident, and not on a platter. Fear of the Lord comes from the day after day of repetitious learning and hearing from instruction. Building precept upon precept, verse by verse, word by word until what you learn begins to gel and come together in real and coherent and organized thought.
And then you begin to understand and know what you and life are all about.
God is the beginning. He was the beginning of all that exists, even before there was an existence. God is the beginning of truth. God is the beginning of doctrine.
God should be your beginning of thought. To turn your mind away from a fixation on earthly things and turn your thoughts onto things that are more eternal.
To look at the world is to look no further than ones own nose. To look at things eternal is to look at ones own destiny far out into eternity.
Through thought, God created all that is, the angels, the universe, the human race, even His very own divine plan for all of history. Everything in their individual and infinite detail. All of this came from Gods own thought.
Divine thought is the origin of all that is possible, of all that is intuitive, of all that is innovative, of all that is.
Imagine what you could accomplish or even discover and know and do, if you replaced your worldly thoughts or activities that yield nothing, with the thoughts of God which are the origin and source of everything.
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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.