The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. -Psalm 19:7-11 ESVUK
When is the last time you picked up a Bible, read, and loved it?
There are so many ways we can read God’s Word today. We can read it on our phones, tablets, computers, and the actual book. I tend to read verses every day on my computer yet study from the book. There are also different versions and languages of the Bible. I personally read the English Standard Version, New Living Translation, and I also enjoy reading the Complete Jewish Bible. We all have our preferences that speak to our own understanding.
Despite technology and being able to have different ways of reading the Bible, languages, and versions of the Bible, many Christians still do not read it. There are different excuses as to why they don’t. I am giving just a few and the answers as to why you can.
“I don’t like to read.” You can listen to recordings of the Bible. You can buy audio cd’s or listen to the Word online on your phone, tablet, and computer. If you have an iPad, you can listen to a Bible podcast.
“I do not have the time.” We all have 24 hours a day. Surely, even 5 to 10 minutes isn’t too much time to take away from busyness to read the Word.
“I find it hard to understand.” There are many different versions to read for different levels of understanding. Ask your minister or a friend for help. Also, Bible study groups are good to help each other understand the Word. Also, online, BibleGateway is an excellent source to help you as they have different versions to read from and commentaries. There are other sites that can help as well if you search for them.
“The Bible makes me feel bad when I read it, besides, it’s irrelevant to today’s world.” If the Bible makes you feel uncomfortable, usually it is the work of the Holy Spirit convicting you of something and all you need to do is pray about it. Sometimes you need to confess what is wrong and change. The Bible is still relevant today. In fact, prophecies from the Old and New Testament are occurring now.
The Bible is God’s authoritative Word. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (1 Timothy 3:16 ESVUK).
David, the famous Psalmist, and king loved the Word of God and spoke of it often in the book of Psalms. The Word he knew was the first 5 books of the Bible, called the Torah. He also knew the Word that was passed down throughout the generations and taught within the home and synagogue. He would have had to know all of the 613 commandments for his Bar Mitzvah at 13 years of age. The 613 commandments were to be followed by the Israelites and were summed up by Jesus as loving the Lord our God first and loving our neighbor.
David speaks about the law and the Word in Psalm 19:7-11. He declares the law of the Lord is perfect. God’s Word is holy. When we follow God’s word and live it out daily in our lives, we will also be holy and separated from the world. The Word revives our souls. Yes, it can convict us, but God’s law can also lift our spirits and correct us. God’s testimony is true. We can trust it. God’s precepts are right. The commandments of God are pure. He has our best interest at heart. They enlighten our eyes showing us what is wrong and right in God’s Light. The rules of the Lord are true and righteous.
David desired God’s Word more than gold, even the finest gold. Do we honestly desire God’s Word more than our most valued treasure? David says God’s words are sweeter than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Honey is lovely and if you ever have had honeycomb, it’s even better. David surely tasted fresh honey whilst as a shepherd. He knew how sweet it was. He says God’s Word is better than the honey’s sweetness.
David said keeping God’s Word is rewarding. How do we keep God’s Word? By hiding it in our hearts and living it out daily in our lives.
What a contrast from our view of the Bible and David’s. We have the whole Word, including the New Testament about Jesus who David didn’t meet until heaven. David was known as a man after God’s own heart. He spent time learning, meditating, and studying God’s Word and talking to God. The Word was very important to David. It made a massive difference in his life.
Like David, have you hidden God’s Word in your heart? If you don’t read the Word, how can you know more about God? How can you grow as a Christian? How can you know the truth when the world says otherwise?
God’s Word is truth. We cannot and should not add or take away from it. Jesus is the Word, the Word is Jesus (see John 1:1). The Word is truth. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by him (John 14:6).
Read the truth. Love the Truth. Hide the Truth in your life and live out the Truth, God’s Word daily. Amen.