Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me
and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Psalm 119:97-104
The author of this passage is talking about God’s Holy Word (The Bible), which is the foundation, the basis, the explanation, the answer, and the key to life.
Over a year ago, my pastor challenged us to read the Bible through in one year. He even supplied the ‘ESV Daily Reading Bible’ for us to use. Most of the church took the challenge. It’s a wonderful way to study God’s Word by reading daily in the Old and New testaments, as well as, the Psalms.
It wasn’t always easy finding the time to stop and get into the Word, but I challenged myself and finished it in one year. Recently, on a Sunday morning, the Pastor asked those that had met this challenge to stand during the service. Out of all those that had said they would do it, less than one fourth did so. Life had interfered with many who had started last January.
This January 1st, I wondered if I was going to read it through again. I even contemplated other ways of studying the Bible daily. However, I started with the same plan as last year until the pastor made a suggestion: study the Bible using a different translation. So, I changed from the ESV Bible to The Message Bible. This translation is bringing such a different insight.
Have you gotten into God’s Word lately? Do you have the desire to do so? Can you make the time? Will you?
It is so worth it!!!
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:4
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2