It’s Not How Much You Read

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.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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2 Responses to It’s Not How Much You Read

  1. burrito34 says:

    Shawn, do you read Hebrew? Can you suggest a resource for those who would like to study verses in Hebrew and Greek but who aren’t trained in these languages?

  2. Shawn Thomas says:

    I do read Hebrew, though I still refer to lexicons and commentaries a lot. A good site you might check out is They have interlinear Greek & Hebrew texts (with the literal English translation under the original Bible word) and you can also click for more information from lexicons on each individual word. (Just FYI I have found a few errors in the wording of some of the English interlinear translations, like they will put the word “my” with the wrong Hebrew word when it is clearly attached at the end of another, etc. but overall it is a good resource.) Also don’t discount that you might be able to learn Hebrew and especially Greek, yourself!

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