Saturday, January 4, 2014

January 4 - Psalm 119:97-112

This year we will study through the New Testament on weekdays and, through the Old Testament books of Leviticus and Numbers on weekends.  (We are making our way through the Old Testament on weekends. Last year we did Genesis and Exodus, the first two books of the Bible. This year we are doing the third and fourth. Next year we will move on from there.)

We will start in Leviticus tomorrow. Today we're doing to do a study of verses that talk about some of the benefits of reading the Bible. We hope you'll commit to reading the Bible every day in 2014! So take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read Psalm 119:97-112 using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The "Psalms" are a collection of 150 writings that are mostly poems and songs written to and about God. Psalm 119 is the longest of the Psalms, and actually the longest chapter in the entire Bible. The focus of much of it is the writers love of God's Word, and the benefits of reading God's Word (which he sometimes refers to as God's "law" and "precepts" and "statutes" and "decrees".

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Reading the Bible gives us wisdom and insight and understanding (verses 98-100).
  • Reading the Bible gives us guidance as it lights our path (verse 105).
  • Reading the Bible gives us joy (verse 111).

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What are your feelings towards God's Word?  If you don't have as much love and passion for it as the guy who wrote Psalm 119 does, could it be because you haven't spent as much time reading it as he did?
  • If you started every day of 2014 taking time to read a chapter of the Bible, how do you think it might impact your life?
  • Will you read the Bible consistently this year? And, if so, how will you make sure that happens? (Because it's too important to just hope it happens!)