What is the Bible?

I read Psalm 19 this past week, and have been meditating on it ever since. Why?

Because it tells me all about why we have the Bible. Why the Holy Spirit whispered those words through the minds and pens of believers, so many centuries ago. Why it is a timeless, always-relevant Book.

Why we should be reading every single day.

Psalm 19 gives us a few other names for the divinely inspired Word of God:

  • His law, or instruction about right and wrong
  • His testimony, or that which testifies about its divine Author
  • His precepts, or what He charges us to obey
  • His commandments, or the divine orders of our great King
  • His rules, or His divine judgments (both good and bad)
  • Fear of the Lord, or the manual for worshiping our holy God

Psalm 19 also describes the Word of God for us. His words are called perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, true and righteous, desirable, and sweet. And in its description, it also tells us what God’s Word does:

  • Revives our soul
  • Gives wisdom to the simple
  • Makes our hearts rejoice
  • Enlightens (open) our eyes
  • Endures forever
  • Warns us
  • Rewards us for obedience

The chapter is summed up quite well in verse 14:

Let the words of my mouth and
the meditation of my heart

be acceptable in your sight, O LORD,
my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 18, which I posted about last week, tells us more about God.
Psalm 19 tells us more about His words. So take some time with both chapters this week. Get to know God – and His Word – a little better. And make Psalm 19:14 your own personal prayer this week, as you get to know God better.

Read these chapters. Spend some quality time with them. Internalize them. Memorize them!

And apply them.

So how about you? What have you been learning lately from God’s Word? Maybe it’s a favorite chapter you read. Maybe it’s something that encouraged you from a sermon you listened to. Or maybe it’s just something the Holy Spirit has been laying upon your heart. Link up your posts or share a comment about whatever it is that you’ve been meditating on!

And feel free to copy & paste the “What Are You Learning?” button onto your own blog, so others can find us too!

For those interested, I’m reading through YouVersion’s Blended Plan in 2012.
Join me if you want! Here’s the reading schedule for next week:

Monday: Psalm 35-36, Acts 17
Tuesday: Psalm 37-39
Wednesday: Psalm 40-42, Acts 18
Thursday: Psalm 43-45
Friday: Psalm 46-48, Acts 19
Saturday: Psalm 49-50, Acts 20
Sunday: Psalm  51-53

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6 thoughts on “What is the Bible?

  1. From my devotional this morning. . .”Go wireless, pray! Communication with God is the ultimate wireless connection.” Phil. 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer & supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. . .” Such a timely message for me today

    1. I love that analogy! And I was just meditating on that verse this morning… pray in EVERYTHING. Isn’t God so good?!

  2. Hopping over from the inCourage forum. God’s been lavishing His love on me lately. I’ve been asking Him to teach me more about Himself and really understanding His love for me is one of those things i need to understand. I blogged about one of these moments last week in a post I called Love Notes From God. http://themazeofourlives.blogspot.com/2012/07/love-notes-from-god.html

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kristi! Will head over to check out your blog post. Sounds good.

  3. His Word is food. 🙂 I have been learning so much about the grace of God in my life and how I live in relationship with others. More specifically, I have been learning about anxiety and how it is the associate to a host of other sins in our lives, how when we are anxious we try to control more, trust less.

    1. I have been working on the anxiety thing too. It is a hard struggle sometimes… Thanks so much for stopping by, Karina!

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