Bible Study and Delight

 

As a child I knew that reading my Bible was something that I needed to do as a follower of Christ, but I didn’t fully understand why. I just thought it was on the nightly to-do list of every good little girl: brush your teeth, have your “quiet time” and get in the bed.

So why do we read the Bible? What motivates us to study it and meditate on it?

Psalm 119 is full of reasons to study Scripture. Here are a few of them:

“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 statutes; I will not forget your word” – Psalm 119:12-16.

Using some of the 5 W’s and H

What is the psalmist’s view of God’s Word (or “statutes,” “rules,” testimonies,” “precepts,” etc)? He says that he delights in it!

Why? Is he just a happy, annoyingly-positive, super-Christian? There is nothing inherent to the psalmist that makes him love Scripture; instead, the Scripture itself brings about a response of joy and pleasure from him.

In other words, the reader “delights” in God’s Word because it is delightful.

Do We Revel in Scripture in This Way? 

I did not find much joy in the Bible when I was younger because I viewed it as a textbook. And let’s be real- reading for school is anything BUT delightful. I treated my Bible as something I “had to” read and as a to-do list for life. And sometimes, it’s easy to revert back to that mentality when I’m studying the Word now as a 25-year-old.

It wasn’t until high school that the Lord helped me to understand that this Book is living and active; it is literally God speaking directly to me. It is SO much more than a textbook; the Bible is the primary way we can know the Lord personally, not just know facts about Him. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God;” it is delightful because by reading & studying it we hear from God Himself- and He is delightful!

My favorite book (outside the Bible! J ) is A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God. He writes in the introduction, “exposition [aka: Bible study] may be carried on in such a way as to leave the hearers devoid of any spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts” (Tozer, the Pursuit of God).

Next time you open your Bible, ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you personally through it! “Taste and see that the Lord is good” – Psalm 34:8.

(Note from the editor: Did you notice an inductive tool that Emily used? The 5 W’s and H. Also, did you notice a “key word” (repeated word or phrase) in Emily’s Blog? What was it? Want to learn how to study inductively? Click here)

Emily Kelly lives in Athens, GA with her awesome new husband, where she is on staff with the college ministry of Watkinsville First Baptist Church.

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