I’ve heard and read many sermons on why we should read God’s Word daily but I’ve never heard it put any better than this:
The Bible reveals the mind of God, the state of man,
the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
Its doctrines are holy,
its precepts binding,
its histories are true,
its decisions are immutable.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.
It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff,
the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword,
and the Christian’s charter.
Here, Heaven is opened and the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, the glory of God its end.
It should fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide the feet.
Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is given in life,
will be opened in the judgment, and will be remembered forever.
It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor,
and will condemn all those who trifle with its sacred contents.
Owned, it is riches; studied, it is wisdom; trusted, it is salvation;
loved, it is character; and obeyed, it is power.
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Photo: Gutenberg Bible (one of forty-nine Gutenberg Bibles; this is one of 21 that are complete with no missing pages), U.S. Library of Congress