Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lamp to your feet and light to your path

J.C. Ryle gives great straightforward advice about reading your Bible:

“Begin reading your Bible this very day. The way to do a thing is to do it, and the way to read the Bible is actually to read it. It is not meaning, or wishing, or resolving, or intending, or thinking about it; that will not advance you one step. You must positively read. There is no royal road in this matter, any more than in the matter of prayer. If you cannot read yourself, you must persuade somebody else to read to you. But one way or another, through eyes or ears, the words of Scripture must actually pass before your mind.”

I think a reading of Psalm 119 would let us know the significance of picking up the Bible daily:

"I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments" (119:6)
"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word" (119:9) "Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes!" (119:12)
"My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times" (119:20)
"I cling to your testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame!" (119:31)
"The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces" (119:72)
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (119:105).

Go read the whole chapter. It is essential to the life of the Christian to read God's word. If you are not in the God's word daily you are missing out of the richness of knowing the will of your Savior.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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