Once in a while I read something that makes my heart beat faster and that happened as I read a piece from Alexander Maclaren on the love of Christ. Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) was a Baptist pastor in Manchester, England. His Expositions of Holy Scripture were printed in 32 volumes and...
My time spent with the Lord can feel all across the map and often, unpredictable.
But this is no commentary on the Word. For Scripture is a firm foundation that never changes. Rather, it is a commentary on the state of my own heart and the many life circumstances that I bring to the throne of grace:
Some days, I come rejoicing: “Praise God for who he is and all he has done!”
Other days, I come tired and weary: “Oh Lord, come near to me and help me, I pray.”
And yet other days, I come particularly thirsty: “My soul thirsts for you; my body longs for you, as in a dry and weary land.”
How do you come? Despite our attitudes or feelings, despite the kind of days or nights we’ve had, the key is that we come. Come dependent. Come ready. Come to the fount where wisdom, and life, and truth are found.
Come to the sure and steady Word because it is the only firm foundation upon which we can stand. Nothing else compares, and nothing else assures our hearts like Scripture does. Nothing else points us to Christ like the Word, itself.
15 Beautiful Benefits of Scripture
If you’re wondering how to come to the Word today, consider these 15 beautiful benefits of Scripture:
Come, let it nourish your dry soul. “My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!” (Psalm 119:25).
Come, let it strengthen your weary bones. “I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!” (Psalm 119:107).
Come, let it redirect your wayward gaze. “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, and give me life in your ways” (Psalm 119:37).
Come, let it soothe your discouraged heart. “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words” (Psalm 119:147).
Come, let it grant you peace. “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble” (Psalm 119:165).
Come, let it fill you with hope. “Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope” (Psalm 119:49).
Come, let it feed your hungry spirit. “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103).
Come, let it grant you deep wisdom. “I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts” (Psalm 119:100).
Come, let it reassure you during pain. “I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me” (Psalm 119:75)
Come, let it echo your glad praises. “At midnight I rise to praise you because of your righteous rules” (Psalm 119:62).
Come, let it keep you from falling into temptation. “Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God” (Psalm 119:115).
Come, let it point out your wrong beliefs and actions. “Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!” (Psalm 119:29).
Come, let it assure you of your eternal inheritance. “My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise” (Psalm 199:123).
Come, let it comfort you in your time of trouble. “This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life” (Psalm 119:50).
In all times, come, and let it lead you to the Word of Life, Jesus Christ. “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments” (Psalm 119:176).
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, so that all who believe in his name could have life forever.
“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97).