Blessings of the Torah: 3 Steps
It seems that it would make more sense to first thank God for the gift of Torah, then for teaching it to us, and finally for giving us the commandment of engrossing ourselves in its study.
However, we find that these blessings are in the exact reverse order.
We must first commit our entire being to the words of Torah and to getting closer to our Creator. Once we feel “sanctified by this commandment”, once we feel committed to and lifted by this relationship, then we are able to feel God teaching us.
And only then can we start grasping how unique is our bond “Who has chosen us from among all the other nations”, and appreciate the incredible gift of Torah.
At this point, we understand that even our most sincere and arduous efforts in learning were a gift all along.