“Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart unto my knowledge. For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall all be fitted in your lips. That your trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to you this day, even to you. Have not I written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge, that I might make you know the certainty of the words of truth; that you might answer the words of truth to those that send unto you?” Proverbs 22:17-19 KJV (adjusted)
In the last blog, we began to work with this passage, covering the aspect of “bowing to receive.” If you have not read that one, it would help to read it first, before entering this one. I have taken the KJV (which I love and use most of the time) and simply adjusted its “thee’s and thou’s” to make it a bit easier to read. The KJV is in the public domain, so that is very legal to do. (In the Institute course on Acts that we are presently teaching, I have done this with the entire book of Acts and placed it in the student’s notebooks. It then becomes our shared textbook).
“Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart unto my knowledge.” There are three things to note: we are to bow down and hear, then we are to apply to our heart. In the Old Testament “heart” often is used to indicate the totality of a person. Hence, mind and spirit – the total of a person is indicated here. No separation is made in this understanding. So we are to “apply” what we hear when we humbly submit to what is being said. Now the crunch comes. When I hear the Lord, do I then “apply” it to myself? It is a process and a progression. This requires an openness to change, to embrace what is being spoken and to submit to Him through His words of knowledge and wisdom.
So whether it is words of our Lord that are spoken to us by others, through His Word, or just in our personal time with Him, we are to be receptive and open to embrace them and allow them to become a part of our being.
Our walk in our Lord Jesus Christ is not just a mental acquiescence, it is an embrace of the total being into His heart. The Psalmist knew this.
Lord, we do bow, we do receive and we do open for your application into our heart and actions. May we be “doers” of your heart – not just “listeners.” We bow, we hear, we receive and we apply. Thank you for your supernatural ability in the Spirit to not only allow such to happen, but to be a willing participant in its action.