March 12, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Psalm 119:1-24
“O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97
With the Psalmist we say, “I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies … I will delight myself in thy statutes.”
I love the Bible because it is the Word of God. Both the external and the internal evidences for this are overwhelming. God speaks through the Bible to man, and the believing heart is changed. That is external evidence. Bible accounts of saints and sinners alike resonate with our own experiences. That is internal evidence.
I love the Bible for its unity and cohesion. Many authors in different places and circumstances wrote the Bible over a period of many years, yet it has a unified message about God’s purpose for man and His plan of salvation.
I love the Bible because it is strictly honest about my condition as a sinner. It is not biased toward sinful man even though its authors were men. Jeremiah 17:9 declares this without apology: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.”
I love the Bible because the Holy Spirit speaks to my need through it, first by interpreting it, second by convicting me, and third by condemning me. Finally, it presents the remedy of salvation through faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ—I know He died for me (Romans 3:20-26).
I love the Bible for its consolations, its confirmations, and its conciliation. It pours the refreshing blessings of its promises into our parched and thirsty souls, and it satisfies us over and over again.
After many followers had turned away from Christ because of some hard saying, the Lord questioned the twelve disciples, “Will ye also go away?” Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou has the words of eternal life” (John 6:67-68). The same declaration applies perfectly to the Bible.
– James Baer