“How can a
young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according
to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let
me not wander from your commandments. I have stored
up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against
you. Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.
In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as
in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and
fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statues;
I will not forget your word.”
148:1-6 ESV )
a love the psalmist had for the Word of God. This whole
psalm, the longest chapter in the whole Bible, is graced
with this incredible love for God and His Word, His statutes,
His rules, His commands. What a noble thought! While I don’t
think I can honestly claim to have the same passion for
the Word of God as this writer did, I do find that I am
drawn to it more and more, the deeper I dig into it, and
familiarize myself with it.
At a time of year when many people are making New Year’s
resolutions, if you’re the type that makes those things,
I encourage you to commit to reading through the Bible this
year. There are many reading plans out there. I found quite
a few without even really looking, and I know there are
many more out there. I’m doing the M’Cheyene
plan again for another year, partly because I like the format
of reading from different places in the same sitting, but
partly just because I’m familiar with it, and I know
that the consistency of the plan will keep me on task, and
help me accomplish my goal of reading systematically through
Look at the benefits of immersing yourself in the word.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding
it according to your word.” D. L. Moody once said,
“This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep
you from this book.” Being more aware of the rules,
commands and statutes that God has given us in His Word,
we become more aware of our sin, and of how offensive it
is to God. If you doubt that, verse 11 says, “I have
stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against
Studying the Word of God is a wonderfully valuable pursuit.
Reading through the whole Bible helps to give you greater
perspective of how it all fits together. When we read both
the Old and New Testaments, we see more clearly how there
is truly one unfolding story from beginning to end, and
that God is the author of that story. We also see how Jesus
often quoted Old Testament Scripture. It was said that he
taught with great authority; well when you are one with
the author, you can teach it with greater appreciation and
We have so many competing voices trying to get into our
heads every day, and many that we invite willingly, despite
what poor counsel they give us. I encourage you to make
it a point; make it a goal; make it a resolution to read
through the whole Bible this year, even if you did it last
year, or some other time in the past. You’ll benefit
from filling your mind with truth, and you’ll be blessed
as you continue to learn about God and His ways.
You don’t need a theological degree to study the Bible.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you to grasp and understand.
Pray for God to make Himself known to you as you read, but
read. Please read. Read like your life depends on it—like
your eternity depends on it, because it does.
His Grace Alone,
Pastor Bruce Jacobsen