“O How Love I Thy Law! It Is My Meditation All The Day” (Psa. 119:97)
F. B. Meyer says, “Read the Bible, not as a newspaper but as a home letter. If a cluster of heavenly fruit hangs within reach, gather it. If a promise lies upon the page as a blank check, cash it. If a prayer is recorded, appropriate it, and launch it as a feathered arrow from the bow of your desire. If an example of holiness gleams before you, ask God to do as much for you. If a truth is revealed in all its intrinsic splendor, entreat that its brilliance may ever irradiate the hemisphere of your life like a star.
“Entwine the climbing creepers of holy desire around the latticework of Scripture. So shall you come to say with the psalmist, ‘O how love I Thy law! it is my meditation all the day.’”
A. B. Simpson
Regard it as God’s personal letter to you! Open it every morning prayerfully, and, as the Holy Spirit may lead you, find in the way that you may be directed, a personal message for your own soul for that particular day, and be sure to get your heavenly bread – before you read the morning newspaper.
Take some time every day to read some short portion of the Scriptures for your own spiritual benefit. Read the verse over and over again with prayer that the Holy Spirit will direct you to the very thought in the passage that He intends for you, and the lesson that your own experience requires. Do not read to find brilliant and striking points for your intellectual diversion, but read to hear what God has to say to you, either for faith or obedience.
Study the Bible at stated times for the purpose of getting a broader and more accurate knowledge of the passage for your own instruction, and, if need be, for your Christian work.
Do not use a commentary or notes until you have first gotten out of the passage all you can yourself by the aid of the Holy Spirit. The treasures you personally discover you will never forget. They will be all the sweeter when you find them in writings of others.
Samuel L. Brengle
The Bereans show us the way to read the Bible: “...They received the Word with all readiness...” (Acts 17:11). They searched the Scriptures. It was not with them a hasty, careless, thoughtless reading. They searched as men would search for a hidden treasure. They did this daily.
Personally, for years I have given the best hour of the day to the Bible, and now I want it more than I want my food.
It should be read early in the day, before other things crowd in. What is read should be remembered.
In eating, it is not the amount we eat, but the amount we digest that does us good; and just so it is in reading and studying. It is not the amount we read, but what we remember and make our own that does us good.
I sit down alone; only God is here. In His presence I open, I read His Book, for this end: to find the way to heaven. Is there a doubt concerning the meaning of what I read? Does anything appear dark or intricate? I lift up my heart to the Father of lights:
“Lord, is it not Thy word, if any man lack wisdom, let him ask it of God? Thou givest liberally, and upbraidest not. Thou has said, if any man be willing to do Thy will, he shall know. I am willing to do; let me know Thy will.”
I then search after and consider parallel passages of Scripture, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. I meditate thereon, with all the attention and earnestness of which my mind is capable.
If any doubt still remains, I consult those who are experienced in the things of God, and then the writers whereby, being dead, they yet speak. What I thus learn, that I teach.
J. Wilbur Chapman
Study the Bible through. Never begin a day without mastering a verse from its pages.
Pray it in. Never lay aside your Bible until the verse or passage you have studied has become part of your being.
Put it down. The thoughts that God gives you put down in the margin of your Bible or in your notebook.
Work it out. Live the truth you get in the morning through each hour of the day.
Pass it on. Seek to tell somebody what you have learned.
– Taken from Wesleyan Methodist.