Avid readers love their books… If asked, in a moment they can give you the short list of their favorites.
Well, at the top of my short list is the Bible! No, more than that… the Bible for me is a book of a completely different kind! … It may have human writers, but behind it all is the “inspiration” of the Living God! He is its ultimate source – prompting, guiding and superintending the entire writing process so that what we have in Scripture (another word for the Bible) is the infallible, authoritative, completely reliable Word of God!
Over my years as a prof, teaching a course called… (you guessed it…) “Bible Study,” I’ve urged each group of students to write these words in the flyleaf of every Bible they owned: “This Book is my all-sufficient guide for faith [my relationship with God] and daily living!”
I’ve got a short list of favorites of other stuff I read… But the Bible? There’s no other piece of literature like it! … It’s GOD’S WORD!!
How do I feel about the Bible?… In my Bible reading this morning during “Coffee with the Lord” I read Psalm 19 and a portion of it “took the words right out of my mouth!” about how I feel about the Bible! … In fact, I’d like to post those words today, not simply as David, the psalmist’s, words… but as MY personal tribute to The Bible…
“The law of the Lord is perfect and preserves one’s life! The rules set down by the Lord are reliable and impart wisdom to the inexperienced! The Lord’s precepts are fair and make one joyful! The Lord’s commands are pure and give insight for life! The commands to fear the Lord are right and endure forever! The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy and absolutely just! They are of greater value than gold, than even a great amount of pure gold; they bring greater delight than honey, than even the sweetest honey from a honeycomb! Yes, your servant finds moral guidance there and those who obey them receive a rich reward! (From Psalm 19:7-11 NET)
Gotta tell you, I don’t just like the Bible… I LOVE the Bible!!!