“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.” Psalm 19:7-9
The Bible is a big book. It can be overwhelming to think about reading every page. This is the reason why so many don’t take the time to read and study God’s Word. They allow themselves to be overwhelmed by the size of it. When we approach the reading of the Word, we have to remember that it’s not about how much we read but what we learn when we read. Our verses in Psalm 19 give us some benefits of studying the Word of God. Let’s take a look at these benefits and consider them for our lives.
- God’s Word is complete.
There is nothing lacking in the Word of God. It is perfect referring not only to its completeness but also to the lack of error within it. There is nothing left out that we need to know about following Jesus. We will find all we need to understand the gospel of Jesus Christ within the pages.
- God’s Word revives us.
The words we read in the Scriptures can change us. We learn how to change by study of the Word. As followers of Christ we don’t want to stay the same, at least I hope we don’t. Our goal should be to look more like Jesus every day. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. We have to remember that we aren’t God, and we need to make changes in our life in order to look more like him.
- God’s Word can make us wise.
The study of God’s Word can result in gaining wisdom. Wisdom is something we should want to have so that we respond well to situations in our lives. As we learn more about God and our identity in Christ, we gain wisdom– God’s wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge of God in action, everyday life. Our knowledge and wisdom will grow as we study God’s Word.
- God’s Word is right.
The Bible is truth. It’s not speculations or fantasy. It’s the real deal, and we are to trust it. We are to believe it. The belief in God’s Word being right and true will help us to fight against doubt because it becomes the standard, not our own thinking.
- God’s Word will guide us.
As we study and read the word, our eyes will be opened to the truth of sin, the world, and God’s way. We will learn that our sin requires us to repent, and that we can trust God to forgive us. The world’s system is revealed to us as false, contrary to God’s way. We will be guided into God’s way of doing life together as followers of Christ as we study the Word.
- God’s Word will last forever.
God’s Word, like himself, will never end and never change. We can trust the Word that God has given us to be without fault, to be powerful, to never change, and to last forever. There’s comfort in this firm foundation.
These truths about God’s Word come from only three verses. There’s so much more about God’s Word and its benefits to be found in the Scriptures. These benefits encourage us to not be overwhelmed but to take the time to read. As we study the Word, we will grow in spiritual maturity. Hopefully as followers of Christ, we don’t want to remain as babies on milk but should want to progress to solid food, to maturity. How do we do this without being overwhelmed with the size of the book? Does my reading of the Bible become a checklist I need to follow? Can I really learn and apply rather than just read words? Here are two suggestions to help you receive the benefits God’s Word offers.
- Start by reading a paragraph in a book of the Bible rather than a whole chapter. This will give you a context without feeling like you are reading more than you can grasp.
- Journal about what you read in the paragraph by answering these three questions. What did I learn about God? What did I learn about man? How can I apply this knowledge to my life?
By keeping the process of reading simple, you will learn rather than be overwhelmed. There are many benefits of God’s Word. Don’t miss them because you are fearful to begin. Let’s get in touch with our Father so that he can teach us, guide us, and love us through his Word.