Three little words in Hebrew fed my soul that day. I try to get a variety of scripture into my life daily, as I read from Psalms to begin my prayer time, then both an Old Testament and a New Testament reading. But as in so many areas of life, I am learning that it is not always quantity, but quality that matters. This is especially true regarding our intake of the word of God. I learned this lesson again as I began my daily reading in Psalms.
The first part of Psalm 18:30 says, “As for God, His way is perfect.” I am slowly making my way through the Psalms in Hebrew, generally one verse a day, and so I looked at the Hebrew Bible version of this verse, which is even more simple than it is in English. In fact, in Hebrew it is only 3 little words: “hael tamim dereko”, or very literally, “the God, perfect His way.” But that gave me plenty to meditate on.
First, it was a reminder that God is “THE” God; there is no one besides Him. And I am thankful to know the One, True God through Jesus Christ. And this verse teaches us that His way, His path (the Hebrew word “derek”) is perfect. This is a reminder I needed. I have been through a difficult couple of years, and though there have been victories and improvements on many fronts, I still wrestle with difficulties, and disappointments, and wonder at some of life’s courses. But God’s way is perfect. I may not understand His timing, and why He does everything He does, but I can trust that His way, His path, is perfect. When we get to the end of the road, we will look back and it will all make sense.
I went off to my prayer walk meditating on those 3 words: “hael tamim dereko” — “the God, perfect, His way” — praising Him for who He is and what He does, and the perfect path He has for my life.
Sometimes it may take only three words for God to give you enough to feed on, to comfort you, and to lead you to know more of Him that day. It’s a good reminder for us to not only drink much, but to drink deeply from the word of God. It’s not all about how much you read, but that you allow God’s Spirit to impact your life with what you do.