Why You Should Read the Bible … A LOT

Bob Kauflin is one of the worship leaders at Covenant Life Church in Maryland as well as the Director of Worship Development for Sovereign Grace Ministries (that means he oversaw songs like I Stand in Awe, and wrote songs like O Great God).  He recently posted on why he enjoys the ESV Study Bible (ESVSB), and in the process, gives 11 reasons why we should be reading the Bible as often as we can:

There are certainly other ways to read the Bible than “in one year.” But let me tell you why I’ve chosen to do it for the past 6 years, and why using the ESVSB was so helpful this time.

  1. If God made sure his words were recorded for us, why wouldn’t I want to read all of them numerous times?
  2. Reading large portions of Scripture regularly slows me down so I can think about life from an eternal perspective. I was in tears today as I finished Revelation, realizing the purpose for which I was created and the sure future that lies ahead.
  3. In my daily life, I am constantly bombarded with images, philosophies, thoughts, reasonings, and attractions from the world, my flesh, and the devil. I need large quantities of God’s thoughts, empowered by his Spirit, to resist them.
  4. I trust my own thoughts too much.
  5. Each time I read through the Bible, I’m humbled as I realize how little I actually know and understand God’s Word.
  6. Reading a lot of the Bible helps me more easily see how it all fits together.
  7. As a leader of congregational worship, I want people’s faith to rest on God’s Word, not my music or opinions. Therefore, I want Scripture to be the overflow of my heart, not something I occasionally use for a desired emotional effect.
  8. The ESVSB was very even-handed in providing alternate interpretations of difficult passages, while continually directing my attention to other Scriptures for greater clarity.
  9. The ESVSB notes never seek to say more than the Scriptures themselves say.
  10. The large number of maps, charts, and illustrations were extremely helpful for understanding the geographical settings, details, and overall flow of different books.
  11. I repeatedly felt pastored through the comments, as my heart was directed towards the living Word, the crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ.

So what about you? How are you going to make sure that God’s Word becomes a bigger part of your life in the coming year?