7 The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad; the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous. 10 They are more desirable than gold—than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey, which comes from the honeycomb. 11 In addition, Your servant is warned by them; there is great reward in keeping them.
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The longer I live, the more I realize that life is filled with uncertainty, disappointments, and hard times. When I look to my circumstances for purpose, meaning, and joy, I’m consistently left empty. However, when I take time to read and study God’s Word, my focus changes. My fears fizzle. My confidence gets placed in Christ. My outlook completely changes.
David, the writer of Psalm 19, knew this too. His life was marked by uncertainty and struggles, but he understood that God’s Word provides the stability, trustworthiness, and wisdom he needed to make it through difficult times and to grow in relationship with Him.
Psalm 19 beautifully portrays some amazing benefits of spending time in God’s Word. It tells us that God’s law is perfect. We often think of perfect as being without flaw or sin. While this is certainly true of God’s Word, to say that God’s Word is perfect also means that it is whole, complete, and sufficient. This perfection revives our soul.
By reading God’s Word, our inexperience becomes filled with wisdom, and His precepts help us understand what is right and give us direction. This direction and guidance makes our hearts glad.
When I was a teenager, my dad would regularly ask me if I was remembering to read my Bible. I’d mumble something guiltily and chide myself for not being more consistent at that. Because I was trying to motivate myself by the “ought to,” I didn’t stay very consistent.
I didn’t understand that my dad wanted me to read God’s Word because he knew it is living and active and would transform my life. He knew that God’s Word is perfect and full of wisdom, because he had experienced it for himself.
When we recognize the amazing benefits of reading Scripture and the life changing impact that comes from studying it, we will be motivated to regularly read and study God’s Word, not because we ought to, but because we realize it holds real, eternal, amazing benefits.
Do you have a specific time set aside for reading God’s Word? How about a place? I’ve got three kids, and if I try to sit down in the middle of our home during the busiest time of day to read God’s Word, I’m going to fail. I’ve tried reading Scripture during times when I feel most awake and able to focus, but that isn’t always the time that fits best into my family’s schedule. When I try to make it work anyway, it just doesn’t. I end up angry and resentful because I can’t focus, and (with Bible in hand), end up yelling at everybody!
Find a time and place when it is feasible for you to actually be alone so you can concentrate on what you’re reading—and stick to it. It will take time for reading your Bible every day to become a habit, but it will be worth it!
 Lawson, Steven J. Holman Old Testament Commentary, vol 11, p. 100.
- Don’t settle for merely reading and meditating on sayings that sound wise or that warms your heart. Don’t even settle for reading what others say about God’s Word in place of reading Scripture for you. Get in the Word. Read your Bible.
- David listed his own realizations and benefits that came from his experiences with God’s Word. In a journal, record some benefits you have experienced from reading God’s Word. Post these benefits in a place where you will see them regularly as a reminder to get in the Word.
- Tell someone else how you’ve benefited from reading God’s Word. Share with them what you learned from the passage you read today. Just as David’s words about the Bible hopefully encouraged you to read God’s Word, your words about how the Bible has given you wisdom, impacted your day, or brought you hope can encourage someone else to open the Word.