“The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.” Psalm 19:7-8
“I’m too busy.” “Got up too late.” “My schedule is already slammed.” “I’ll get to it tomorrow.” “It’s kind of hard to understand.” “Some of it seems boring”…all reasons we might neglect reading the Bible.
This passage in Psalm 19 gives us insight into some of the reasons we should read our Bibles and some of the rewards for doing so.
First of all, God’s Word is perfect and it refreshes our souls. Like walking through the desert, the world we live in can leave us parched and dry, longing for something to quench the tremendous thirst in us. God’s Word is living water. When we drink it, the refreshment goes all the way to our souls.
God’s Word is where we attain wisdom, wisdom for navigating our marriages, for raising our children, for working at our jobs, for living out our faith in an increasingly faithless world. Wisdom, God’s Word gives even the simplest of us great wisdom.
God’s precepts are right and give joy to our hearts. Reading and studying God’s Word gives us joy. This is not about being happy. Happiness depends on what happens. Joy is sustainable. Joy comes from knowing and walking with the Lord even in great trials. This is joy that bubbles out of our souls and couldn’t all of us use more joy in our lives?
And God’s commands give light to our eyes. Talk about a beauty treatment. Our eyes radiate light when we study God’s commands.
When we neglect the study of God’s laws, statutes, precepts, and commands, when we miss spending time in His Word, when we don’t walk into the Book, we forfeit what He is waiting to pour out on us.
Father, I really want to be committed to following Your Word so please help me to be faithful to read and study.