We’re taking this lengthy chapter a few sections at a time! I felt so refreshed reading this today after the godlessness of Israel in Judges.
“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” 1-2
We can’t follow and obey God’s instructions and laws if we don’t know them. Studying the Bible regularly is crucial to doing what is right in God’s eyes instead of our own.
“I have recited aloud all the regulations you have given us. I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word.” 13-16
What a great reminder of all the different ways we can study God’s words.
Memorization. Even if you’re not great at it, or it feels pointless considering all the access we have to Scripture, I highly recommend this. Memorizing Bible verses just…feels like it sinks in more. And I retain the information so much more! Plus it’s fruitful to have pieces of the Word to rely on by memory.
How do you immerse yourself in the Word? What are your Bible study habits?
Beth and I both try to mix it up. Sometimes I like listening to the Bible on my phone (thank you, YouVersion App!), but mostly I like reading it directly from the book and marking up the pages as I go. It helps me stay engaged in the text, process the information and gives me something to build on the next time around.
I also (occasionally, not as much as I want to) try to memorize chunks of the Bible here and there. Like anything, the more you’re submerged into whatever you’re studying, the more you retain.
Share your study habits with us! We love hearing the different ways people interact with the Word.