Observation describes the act of taking notice, fixing the mind upon, beholding with attention and as used in science includes the idea of making and recording one's findings, a skill certainly applicable to fruitful inductive study of the Scriptures.
Observation is not just seeing but perceiving what one sees, so that one becomes mentally aware of what one observes.
The goal of this section is to present some general guidelines on "how to read the 'Best Book'" but you will find the principles applicable to anything you are reading.
) and are loathe to linger too long observing a section of Scripture.
But frankly, what better object to linger upon lovingly and long, than the eternal Word of Truth, the very revelation from the Creator to His creatures! And so we need to learn and practice the art of observation for as Yogi Berra once said... Dr H T Kuist would agree with Yogi for he defined observation as "the art of seeing things as they really are." Kuist goes on to add that observation entails seeing "impartially, intensely and fearlessly." Robert Traina rightly concludes that the goal of observation "is to enable one to become saturated with (Ed: filled completely with so that it permeates or pervades one's entire being) the particulars of a passage so that one is thoroughly conscious of the (object being observed).
So here we see this great seasoned student of the Scripture saying "I've got to read it repeatedly and the more I read it the more I observe." That's the genius of the Word of God and why it is unlike any other book.
F B Meyer has an interesting suggestion if your "appetite" for the Word is at "low tide"...
Most of us really don't know what to look for in order to effectively and efficiently carry out the observation of a specific book of the Bible because we've never been instructed.
To take an analogy from life, it's hard to go fishing unless you've got the proper gear.
Remember, that each time before you take a pause to , also take a moment to beg your Teacher, the Spirit of Truth, to open the eyes of your heart so that it might not be just an intellectual exercise and you might be enabled to see the wonderful supernatural truths in His Word.
You will also be pleasantly surprised to discover that observation in many of these practice exercises flows smoothly into interpretation and application, as the Spirit pricks your heart to believe and obey the truth He has just illuminated.
The psalmist recognized his dependence on the God of the Word for illumination of the Word of God and cried out... This is a part of the bountiful dealing which he has asked for; no bounty is greater than that which benefits our person, our soul, our mind, and benefits it in so important an organ as the eye.
It is far better to have the eyes opened than to be placed in the midst of the noblest prospects and remain blind to their beauty. Some men can perceive no wonders in the Gospel, but the psalmist felt sure that there were glorious things in the law: he had not half the Bible, but he prized it more than some men prize the whole.
The Bible is not men's truth but God's special revelation of Truth. All of us in reading some current book have wished the author were present to answer and explain some things, but this is rarely possible.