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Go Deep in God's Word with this Simple Tool

Originally published Wednesday, 04 May 2016.

Isaiah 40:8 image by Katie M Reid


I am a list-maker.


To-do lists provide organization and clarity for my racing thoughts and busy schedule.


About twelve years ago I took a Precept Bible study class and learned to use a powerful tool that blended my affinity for lists with my love for God.


As you read the Bible keep a running list of what you learn about God. 


It is a simple yet sacred practice. Let’s give it a try.


Find God in the Bible in 3 Easy Steps:


Step 1: Pray and ask God to give you insight as you read.

Step 2: Read the passage

Step 3: List what you learn about God


Let’s try it with these verses from Psalm 145:


I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”


Now my list might look like this:


Finding God in Psalm 145:1-7

  • God is worthy of being exalted (verse 1)
  • God is King (vs. 1)
  • God is worthy of praise (vs. 2, 3)
  • God’s name is to be extolled forever (vs. 2)
  • Great is the Lord (vs. 2)
  • No one can fathom His greatness (vs. 3)
  • One generation commends His works to another (vs. 4)
  • God does mighty acts (vs. 4)
  • His majesty has glorious splendor (vs. 5)
  • His works are wonderful (vs. 5)
  • God’s awesome works are powerful (vs. 6)
  • His deeds are great (vs 6)
  • His abundant goodness and righteousness is cause for celebration and joyful singing (vs. 7)


Look at all we learned about God from doing this easy exercise!


I like to include the verses after each statement for quick reference. Also note on line 3, “God is worthy of praise”, I included two verses because they said something similar.


I'd love to hear what you thought of this study tool!


If you want to take things to the next level checkout the extended version of this post on One Thing Alone...