Loving the Word of God
Daily Bible Reading – Psalm 117, 119:81-176; 2 John; 3 John
Today’s Key Passage – Psalm 119:97-104
Upon reading Psalm 119, one thing becomes strikingly clear – the Psalmist loved the Word of God. Throughout the Psalm, he mentions repeatedly how much he loves God’s Word. Here are just a few examples:
Psalm 119:113 – I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
Psalm 119:163 – I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Psalm 119:47 – And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
Psalm 119:48 – My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
Psalm 119:97 – O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
It is easy to get into a pattern of merely reading the Bible, but if we truly want to go deeper into His Word, we need to love it the way the Psalmist does. After all, the Bible is God’s written revelation to man. The very fact that a righteous, loving, all-powerful God would communicate to us, is one good reason to love the Word of God. In addition, it is God’s Word that shows us the way of salvation through faith in Christ. Without God’s Word, we would be lost.
Another good reason to love God’s Word is that we know the author personally. Imagine that your best friend in the world wrote a book. When you got a copy of the book, would you read it all the way through? Would you take notes about the writing? Would you attempt to read it as deeply as possible, or would you just skim a few pages of it and then set it down. Most likely, because of your love for your friend, you would want to go deep into his book. It is the same with God’s Word. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are all friends of God. He IS our best friend. We know that His Word is important to Him – after all, He wrote it. Why, then, would we not want to go deep into His Word?
If you have had trouble in the past getting into the Word daily and sticking with a Bible reading plan, remember that your goal is to love His Word. Love the Word for what it is. Love the Word for what it does. Love the Word because you know the author personally. Love the Word because you know it is important to Him.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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