The Bible is important to the Christian life. It should be next to the centre of who we are as Believers. It is second to Christ because it points us towards Him, as a direct revelation. If this is true, what are we doing about it? As a church? As families? As individuals? “But I’m not a pastor nor a seminary student,” people tend to say. “Why does this stop you for digging into the Word of God?” I ask.
Why read God’s Holy Word?
There are many reasons I can give you: spiritual edification, theological understanding, personal enrichment, and growing closer to God. These reasons may all sound like they are different and separate from one another, but let me tell you, in essence they are interconnected if not the same. Over the years, as we write “In God’s Holy Word” study materials, I pray these reasons may be looked at and answered for you.
Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, is all about God’s Word and the psalmist’s attitude and response to the Scriptures and towards God.
The psalmist begins with saying, “How happy are those whose way is blameless, who live according to the Lord’s instruction! Happy are those who keep His decrees and seek Him with all their heart.” (vv. 1-2, HCSB). Here is a good picture of what a true Believer looks like. Don’t get me wrong, Christians are not perfect and one this side of Glory we’ll never be perfectly sinless.
The psalmist is describing the soul of a saint. But what makes us “blameless”? If we “live according to the Lord’s instruction” we can be seen as blameless before God.
In order for us to know what God’s instructions (v. 1), decrees (v. 2), precepts (v. 4), commands (v. 6), etc. are we need to be In God’s Holy Word. We need to read the stories and messages God has given to His people throughout the ages. What we have today as the Holy Bible is God’s revelation to all His children.
Please read Psalm 119, in a translation of your choosing, and comment below why you read the Bible or why you want to start reading it.