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How to Become a Scholar in God’s School

 Is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God's school? Merriam-Webster defines scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.” Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God. Well, that's not so big and scary, is it?

Article by: Sarah Koontz

Is there a person in your life whom you esteem as a scholar in God’s School?

Someone who seems to have unique access to God, supreme wisdom in every circumstance, and an uncanny ability to weave God’s truth into each conversation?

I know several of these scholars, and their depth of knowledge is, quite frankly, a bit intimidating.

I, too, want to be a godly scholar, but HOW can I do this when it all seems so unattainable, unreachable, unachievable?

I’m afraid I’ve been affected by an acute case of Spiritual Inferiority Complex.

Elanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

I’m going to find that consent form and rip it up right this minute (and you should, too!).

But is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God’s school?

Merriam-Webster defines a scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.”

Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God.

Well, that’s not so big and scary, is it?

It still seems a bit nondescript to me, though.  

How long is a “long time”? And would you please clarify what you mean by “a lot”?

Maybe, if we take this whole idea of God’s school one step further, it will illuminate exactly what we need to do to attain a scholarship.

 Is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God's school? Merriam-Webster defines scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.” Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God. Well, that's not so big and scary, is it?

If God truly did have a school here on earth, I wonder if it wouldn’t look a little something like this?

God’s School offers open enrollment—the class size is unlimited.

Students need not possess a great deal of intelligence nor have extraordinary financial means.

Age, gender, and race carry no weight in the enrollment process.

All that is required for admittance is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and an unquenchable thirst for the things of God.

The Student’s Code of Conduct Book contains two simple rules: #1 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. #2 – Love your neighbor as yourself.

The school has three staff positions, all filled by the same person.

  • Administrator: God the Father
  • Teacher: Jesus Christ
  • Counselor: The Holy Spirit

There is just one textbook, divided into 66 unique and individual sections.

All students are required to learn their ABCs—the Saint’s Alphabet—contained in Psalm 119.

Psalm 119 is divided into 22 sections (one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet), with eight verses assigned to each.

In the original Hebrew language, each of these eight verses begins with the corresponding letter.

How cool is it that God put his own ABCs in the Bible?  Seriously COOL!

The unifying purpose of the 176 stanza’s of this acrostic poem is to magnify God’s law as honorable, useful, and fundamental for all Christians.

The teacher in God’s school often reminds his students that “we cannot keep God’s commands unless we learn them but we learn them in vain if we do not keep them.”

Psalm 119 magnifies God’s law as honorable, useful, and fundamental for all. Click to Tweet

 Is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God's school? Merriam-Webster defines scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.” Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God. Well, that's not so big and scary, is it?

Sounds like a pretty great school to me!

Did you know that the Bible contained its own unique version of the ABCs?

If so, then you are well ahead of me on your scholarly journey.

Up until recently, I had no clue what those headings in Psalm 119 meant.

They just looked like gibberish to me.

When I asked the Lord to give me direction in my life and ministry, He led me directly to the ABCs in Psalm 119.

Of course, He wants me to start with the ABCs.

It’s only logical!

But this alphabet differs from the one I learned in my earthly schooling. This is God’s alphabet.

Charles Spurgeon describes Psalm 119 in these words, “This sacred ode is a little Bible, the Scriptures condensed, a mass of Bibline, Holy Writ rewritten in holy emotions and actions.

Blessed are they who can read and understand these saintly aphorisms.”

Have you ever studied the Saint's Alphabet in Psalm 119? Click to Tweet

 Is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God's school? Merriam-Webster defines scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.” Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God. Well, that's not so big and scary, is it?

The part that gets me, the concept I can’t seem to wrap my brain around, is this: The author of this Psalm had such limited access to Scripture (think the first five books of the Bible).

Yet, how deeply he esteemed it!

I have unlimited access to the completed volume of  God’s Word.

Yet, how little I esteem it!

I am ashamed to admit that I struggle to carve out time to regularly study my Bible.

If God literally had a school here on earth, and I was His student—my report card would be full of tardies, absences, and mediocre grades.

Maybe, this is why I am lagging behind in my studies. Maybe, this is why I’ve not yet become a scholar. Maybe, this is why I suffer from a Spiritual Inferiority Complex.

God’s law is there to protect and guide us, to teach us the way of righteousness, and to prevent us from straying off course.

Yet, we will never experience the benefits unless we set aside time to diligently study and apply the truths of the Bible.

The ABC’s of Psalm 119 taught me that.

Suffering from a Spiritual Inferiority Complex? Maybe it's time to enroll in God's School. Click to Tweet

 Is it really possible for people like you and me to become scholars in God's school? Merriam-Webster defines scholar as “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.” Therefore, a scholar in God’s school is simply a person who has studied the Bible for a long time and knows a lot about God. Well, that's not so big and scary, is it?

Think back on that person you esteem as a scholar. Do you think they were born with some supernatural depth of knowledge?

Or, do you think they have spent years (decades) of their life studying and applying God’s Word to their lives?

I’ll give you a hintz: they weren’t born with it.

Even if it takes me “a long time” to get to the place where I “know a lot” about God’s Law, I’ve decided to start where I am.

So, the big question is…do you want to carpool?

God’s School is open for enrollment. Jesus Christ paid your tuition.

Start with the ABCs of Psalm 119.

We can do this, together!

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9-10 ESV

In my 30 years of following Christ and studying His Word, I have never found a section of scripture that is more active, more penetrating, or more thought-provoking than Psalm 119.

Studying Psalm 119 has changed me, captivated me, and catapulted me into the arms of a loving and merciful God. I believe it can and will do the same for you!

5 quick facts about our Free Psalm 119 Bible Study:

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  • You get bonus gifts. We’ve packed the study with lots of digital freebies.

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Bible Study with Sarah Koontz

This article was written in August of 2016 by Sarah Koontz. During her sabbatical in 2024, we will be sharing some of our favorite articles and e-mails from the archives with you. Thank you for praying for Sarah and her family as they embark on this beautiful season of Sabbath rest.

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About the Author: Sarah Koontz

Sarah Koontz is the founder of Living by Design Ministries, a non-profit organization that exists to deliver free Bible Studies to inboxes around the world. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah and her husband Ryan live on thirteen acres in the heart of the Black Hills, SD. They have two beautiful daughters, a rowdy flock of chickens, and a house full of foster kittens. Sarah is an avid gardener, a faithful coffee drinker, lover of one-pot-dinners, an unexpected homeschooler, and a Dallas Seminary student.

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