I love to read. So I read a whole lot of books. It’s not unusual for me to be working my way through four or five books at a time. I read the classics, poetry, history, biographies, autobiographies, devotionals, leadership training, personal development, marriage and parenting skills, and many other genres. I don’t have enough shelf space for all of the books I have!
But when people ask me my all-time favorite book, I don’t even have to hesitate. The book that is in a category all by itself is my Bible.
I say my Bible because I have made it my own. I highlight, I underline, I star, I jot notes in the margin, I circle keywords. Sometimes I even mark all the question marks in a passage!
My study Bible is one I’ve had for over 20 years. Each time I read through my Bible I use a different color or style of highlighter. So as I look at different highlighted passages I can remember back to where I was in my life, what I was going through, the struggles I was having. Sometimes I smile when I remember what the Holy Spirit revealed to me in my Bible at that time, and how I’ve grown. Sometimes I remember the deep emotion as I see where a teardrop caused the highlighter to run, and recall the comfort my Bible brought to me.
This month my family is reading through Psalm 119 (the longest chapter in the Bible). In this chapter, David expresses his love for God’s Word. In 176 verses David refers to God’s Word in 172 verses. Here are just a few—
- I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You (v. 11)
- I rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches (v. 14)
- Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law (v. 18)
- Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors (v. 24)
- I run in the path of Your commands, for You have set my heart free (v. 32)
If you haven’t made Bible reading a part of your daily schedule, Psalm 119 is a good place to start. Scientists tell us that you only have to do something for 21 days in a row for it to become a habit. Psalm 119 is divided into 22 sections. And each section is just eight verses long.
You can find the time to read just eight verses a day, can’t you? If you do, you will have established one of the greatest habits in your life.
I will spend some time this week writing a little more about my favorite Book. In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think about the Bible.