Study to be stirred.



When I’m stirred, I’m excited. I can remember these feelings as a child at Christmas time when I had to go to bed and wait until morning. That was the longest sleep to arrive as I couldn’t wait until morning. I can remember going fishing on the Muskegon River for salmon. The fall sounds of the rippling water, the crisp smell of the outdoors, and the sight of the salmon swimming up river stirred me to the point of awe and wonder.


Seeing the Northern Lights dance across the cold winter sky, gazing at an Orca gracefully swimming in the open water, catching a glimpse of a brown bear munching on some tree bark by the side of the road, even seeing a rugged ice capped mountain reflect the auburn glow of the sun as it tucks below the horizon causes me to gaze in awe. Time stands still as I take in the scene my eyes are captivated by.  Something in me stirs.  I’m humbled and amazed at the things I get to see. I ponder and almost audibly shout out, “Does anyone else see this!! Is anyone stirred by what I’m seeing??”


When I look through the Old Testament, nothing catches my gaze like Psalm 119. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of verses in the Old Testament that are riveting to me. Amos 7:14-15, Psalm 139, or Job 38-42 just name a few. But, there is something about the Psalms that reflect a stirring of the Psalmist. Whether its David, Moses, Asaph, or someone unknown Psalmist, they all see something that has stirred them. They see something that has captured their attention. They see something that has moved them to a state of awe.


Psalm 119:33-40 has that same feel to it for me. The Psalmist has been stirred and captivated by the Text.Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. “Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.” Psalm 119:33-34 NKJV.  Do you see?? Can you feel what the Psalmist is saying? Are you inclined to read on and find out what else has caught the Psalmist’s attention? I don’t want to spoil it for you or bore you with what I’ve seen. I invite you to study to be stirred. Look and see what God is saying through this passage. I could tell you what I’ve seen, but there is nothing like the first-hand experience to make it stick.


No one likes vacation slides for very long. Sure the place may be interesting, but the bottom line is you didn’t go your friend did. While they could go on for hours about some ancient artifact they saw, or some castle they spent the night in you won’t experience what they saw or felt because yet again…you weren’t there. I invite you to the Scriptures to meet the Author-God face to face. He is waiting to stir you in your study of the Scriptures. Wait till you see what He is saying! You will be stirred in your study.

-Matt Noble