Reading, meditating, studying and delighting in the Scriptures
In a very real sense, God has saved us to His word, that we should meditate on it. God saves His people for Himself and for communication and communion. He communicates with His people primarily through His word. He communicates with all people through what we see and experience through general revelation, his creation, ecosystems, the stars, thunderstorms and through the flow of circumstances and events (what we call providence). But all these communications are non-verbal. However, God has inspired a Book, or a collection of 66 books, called the Bible, and in no other place or book has He spoken verbally and authoritatively as in this Book, the Bible. He has spoken through the prophets and apostles (Eph. 2:20) of old, and these words have such a bearing on human existence that it is said that they give life to the dead (1 Peter 1:23-25). It is through the word of God that:
- the universe was created (Hebrews 11:3)
- the universe does not cease (Hebrews 1:3)
- we are guided into the path of light and life (Psalm 119:105; John 6:63)
- we gain wisdom (Proverbs 2:1-6)
- we distinguish between right and wrong, good and evil (2 Timothy 3:16)
- we are born again (1 Peter 1:23-25)
- we grow as Christians (1 Peter 2:3)
- we are strengthened (Acts 20:32)
- we are sanctified (John 17:17)
- judgment will be given (John 5:26,27)
- we gain hope (Romans 15:4-6)
- we gain eternal life (John 6:68)
- we get comfort in our affliction (Psalm 119:50)
- Heaven and earth will pass away but God’s word will never pass away (Matthew 24:36)
- God’s word is forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89)
- God’s word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12)
God has magnified His word above His Name (Psalm 138:2). If God has given such a high priority to His word, it is incumbent on us, who are saved, to meditate on his word day and night and to find joy in it!
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so but are like chaff that the wind drives away.” (Psalms 1:1-4 ESV)
Great will be your joy, and fruitful your walk, if you read, study and meditate on the word of God daily. You will be blessed when you study the word of God. It is not enough just to read the word of God. That we must do! I have had the custom of reading the whole Bible through every year for more than 17 years. But reading is not enough. Reading must give way to pondering and fixing your mind on the glory of God revealed in the Scriptures. In other words, you must strive to understand the word and love the God of the Scriptures. Meditate and delight in the word of God, because in it you encounter God and His attributes, and His will. You will be blessed when you delight in the word of God and in the God of the word, when you depend on every word for your daily bread and strength.
Jesus said, when tempted, ‘man lives not on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Matt 4:4 ESV). Remember that the words of God are more precious than silver and much gold (Ps 19:9-11)! Let me ask you a question: Do you regard it as such?
Do you begin and end your day in the word of God? If not, why not?
Do you think something else is more important than God and His word? What?
The word of God is your life, your sustenance, your salvation, your bread, your treasure. There you find Christ, the wisdom of God and the power of God (1 Cor. 1:25).
Listen to this sound advice from Apostle Paul, to his disciple Timothy:
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:14-17)
In this passage we see that the sacred writings, the Scriptures, are able to make us wise for salvation in Christ Jesus. That is the purpose why the Bible has been given, namely so that every reader may gain salvation in Christ, and that every believer may grow in salvation in Christ. The sacred writings have been given to us by God, they were inspired, they were breathed out by Him, they originated from Him. The Bible did not originate from man. The sacred writings came from God, through human writers, but God is the primary author. They came from the Holy Spirit. And because they come from Him, they are authoritative and without error in what they affirm and assert concerning salvation, righteousness, good, evil, truth, sin, and in every other area of life they touch upon. The Scriptures are trustworthy. They are clear. They convey things that can be understood. They are also sufficient to make the man or woman of God thoroughly equipped for every good work. They are there to equip the believer, to guide him, to sanctify him and to make him an instrument that God can use for His glory.
We have no other infallible guide like the Bible. No other book or so-called “revelation” in a dream or vision can overthrow or alter or suspend the Bible. We evangelize and make God known so that people can be satisfied with God in Christ, in the Scriptures, by the Holy Spirit.