The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
(Psalm 19:7-11, ESV)
Sometimes (less of late) when i read David’s proclamation, that for him, the Word of God is more valuable than money and sweeter to taste than all those Christmas cookies i just ate, i wonder why i don’t feel that way. i desperately want to feel that way, and more and more often i feel that way, but there are still times that i just don’t feel it.
the more you feast on the Word of God, the better it taste. The more you read the Bible, the more dear it becomes to you.
But do you know what has helped me to better understand what David is talking about? The answer is simple… actually reading the Bible. Experience and testimony tell me that the more you feast on the Word of God, the better it taste. The more you read the Bible, the more dear it becomes to you.
With that said, one common New Years resolution among christians is to read the Bible more (most often the specific resolution is to read the Bible through in one year). This is a great resolution to make, for so many reasons, but the most important reasons are God’s glory and for our joy. So go for it!
A lot of folks have written much more eloquently and thoroughly on this subject, so i will link to their articles now:
- How to Read the Whole Bible in 2014 – Justin Taylor
- A Bible Reading Plan for Readers – Peter Krol
- AND MAYBE THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE: My Preferred Way to Read the Bible – Jim Elliff
And here is a pile of resources (some of which are also included in the articles listed above):
- The Gospel Coalition’s For the Love of God Blog (and there is an app now too, search the app store “For the Love of God”) takes you through the M’Cheyne reading plan, with a meditation each day by D. A. Carson related to one of the readings (i am planning on using this one, you should join me).
- 2-Year Bible Reading Plan by Phil Simpson.
- Stephen Witmer – new two-year plan.
- George Guthrie has a very helpful Read the Bible for Life Chronological Bible Reading Plan.
- Guthrie has also made a a booklet version of the Read the Bible for Life 4+1 Reading Plan.
- The Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers (Pastor Andy Perry explains the plan and why he recommends it).
- Don Whitney has a simple but surprisingly effective tool: A Bible Reading Record. It’s a list of every chapter in the Bible, and you can check them off as you read them at whatever pace you want.
- For the highly motivated and disciplined, Grant Horner’s plan has you reading each day a chapter from ten different places in the Bible.
- Bible Reading Plans for 2014 – Nathan Bingham.
- There are 10 Reading Plans for ESV Editions, and the nice things is the way in which Crossway has made them accessible in multiple formats.
- The Bible Eater Plan.
So, let’s dive into the Bible this year, Redemption Church and may we taste and see that Lord is good, day after day and time and time again as we feast on the Word of God!