For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)
For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding. (Psalm 47:7)
NOTE: this is like a continuation of the previous post; thus the first verse connecting to the love of God :)
In worship, I believe that it is essential that the worshiper is knowledgeable in God’s Word. Not just knowledge, but passion and desire in studying His Word. One must dig deeper into God’s wisdom and understanding. A worshiper must also know the attributes of God— who He is, and what He does– and His promises and revelations through His Word. So I believe that it’s important to familiarize (NOTE: not to take for granted; we know that “knowledge puffs up, but love edifies” [1 Corinthians 8:1]) oneself in the Bible.
For the glory of God, I have finished reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It’s really a fulfillment. Finishing it, though, doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ve memorized it all. No. But there’s something magical and awesomeness when I’ve finished reading it.
When we read the Bible, there are some points we must remember: that it’s the story of God’s creation, history of mankind, history of sin, history of Israel, story of God’s redemption, story of His love, the future life of His children.
We can also know the focus and topic of a certain book in the Bible. For example, when we speak of Genesis, creation, fall of man, God’s covenant to His chosen people will come to mind; after the first Five Books is the story of Joshua and the conquer of the Promised Land; 1 and 2 Kings is about the kings following David’s reign, from Solomon to the division (again) of the kingdom into two, and the captivity of Israel; 1 and 2 Chronicles are almost the same with Kings but with some difference in stories/details; Ezra and Nehemiah are books about the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, during or after Israel’s captivity; Esther is about the rise in power of a Hebrew woman amidst a foreign kingdom… So that pretty much sums up the first half of the Old Testament. (See here, I just gave the summary of some of the books.)
Being familiar with those is, I think/believe, just an additional to what really matters in the purpose of reading the Bible– God. He is still the center of it all: His wondrous works, miracles, signs, blessings, revelations, power, love to His people, but not limiting to those who lived in those times but also in our time, because God’s word is timeless; it isn’t bound (2 Timothy 2:9).
Another point we must also remember is that God’s word is Spirit-inspired (2 Timothy 3:16). It was written ages ago by different people, races, and with different languages.. still the message is one. Because it is timeless, unbound, and Spirit-inspired, it is living and active, powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).
We know that Jesus Christ is the Word that became Flesh. He is the Word when the Father uttered, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63)
Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” Then Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:67-68)
So, to whom shall we go? The foundation of our faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His words of eternal life. His words are sure, and are strong; like a person who built his house on a rock: it isn’t’ destroyed by rain or storm (Matthew 7:24-27).
Remember the word to Your servant,
Upon which You have caused me to hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
For Your word has given me life.
The proud have me in great derision,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord,
And have comforted myself.
Indignation has taken hold of me
Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.
Your statutes have been my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
I remember Your name in the night, O Lord,
And I keep Your law.
This has become mine,
Because I kept Your precepts.
If we truly love God, we also ought to love His words. To love Him is to obey His words (1 John 5:3; John 14:21; John 15:7).
Knowing all these things through the guidance of the Holy Spirit will bring any Bible-reader into awe, humility, and into his or her knees, glorifying and worshiping the LORD for His greatness, majesty, glory, honor, holiness, righteousness, mercy, grace, love, wisdom, strength, might and power! Glory to God!
Prayer: Thank You, Almighty Father for Your word! Thank You for giving me the chance to finish reading the Bible; thank You for the strength and wisdom. I praise You and magnify You Father God, for Your words are wonderful and magnificent. I know some things about Your word, but still there are A LOT to know and understand… My daily bread, my light, my foundation, my sword… my comfort, my joy, my guide… Oh God! Praises and glory to Your Most Holy Name!