17Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live; and I will observe Your word [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it].
We want to receive all of God’s blessings don’t we? We want to be prosperous – physically, mentally, financially and we even say spiritually? The Psalmist understood that through God’s bountiful blessings we find life! However, he also understood that there was a part that he had to play also: He knew that He had to observe God’s Word – hearing, receiving, loving and obeying.
Do you now see how all of these things tie in together? Hearing (that’s being where the Word of God is being taught and preached – Sunday School, Bible study, morning worship, conferences, seminars, retreats – anywhere that you can get the unadulterated Word of God) but you can’t just hear it – we can sit up in all the Bible Studies all year long and still not be in God’s will if we are not receiving it (accepting it in our spirits and agreeing with God about what He says) Have you ever been in a class or a seminar or something and someone delivered some information that you just weren’t willing to receive? Your thoughts might have been – No, I don’t buy that, or I don’t agree with that at all – and you discard the information as not being useful to you. Do you know that we can hear God’s word and because we are comfortable in our sin, we don’t want to accept what it says so we just discard it.
Don’t believe me? Okay, let’s take some biblical principles that are kind of hard for us to for lack of a better word, “buy into”. Tithing is a big one: The Bible instructs us (not asks us) instructs us to tithe. Malachi 3: 1-12, and for those that think that was just an Old Testament thing, 2 Corinthians 9 gives us a clear understanding of generous giving. We hear this in church, we listen, but we never really let it take root in our heart because we allow our circumstances or what we THINK to interfere. “I’ve got bills, I can’t tithe – on my salary it’s impossible – etc. So you’ve just heard it – but you’ve blocked yourself from receiving it, loving it and obeying it. This is why we can’t stop at hearing – we must love it (yearn it, desire it, anticipate it, crave it) and obey it (set out to do what He says). This same instance happens in so many other areas of our lives – sexual immorality – I love him, I may not get another guy to love me, forgiveness – I can’t get over what he/she has done to me. We hear His Word – but we’ve got to get past the hearing – we’ve got to receive it – take ownership of it – then we will love it and obey it.