Psalms 119:11-16 NKJV
"Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You!
Blessed are You, O LORD!
Teach me Your statutes!
With my lips I have declared
All the judgments of Your mouth.
I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
I will meditate on Your precepts,
And contemplate Your ways.
I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word."
Think of the Word of God as your favorite meal. Every time you prepare your favorite meal, don't you strive to make it better and better? Why? Not because you didn't like it much before, but rather because you loved it before and want it to come out even better. The Bible is the same way. We get to know and love God through all it speaks of. So we can have a better understanding of God and a more intimate relationship with Him, we should constantly be in the Word -- He provided it for that reason. Not just because He commanded us to do so, thinking of it as a burden, but rather because it excites us to know our Maker and Savior all that much better.
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, God tells us why He gave us the Bible -- "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NKJV). Studying the scripture should be the desire of our hearts, and by no means just a law that we grudgingly follow (or don't follow). Yes, God has commanded us to study His scriptures, which is His good and perfect law that reveals our every flaw, but how we follow that law isn't always with the best attitude and motives.
Searching the scriptures is also very beneficial so that we are not so susceptible to being deceived by others with the heresies that are all around us. Being at all times with all people like the Bereans, as Paul speaks about in Acts 17:11, "Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." (NIV). Paul was an apostle, and still he commended them for checking what He said in the scriptures. How much more important is it for us today to do the same with everything we hear, no matter how godly and knowledgeable the person is.
As someone has said before, "This book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book."
God bless, and happy searching!
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