God’s Word was on the top shelf of David’s scale of values.
If you permit anything to come between you and your study of God’s Word you will forfeit a life of peace, abundant joy, and blessing. In other words, if you have any aspiration for developing capacity and achieving true success, God’s Word must be foremost on your scale of values. “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble” (Psa. 119:165 ESV).
Benefits of Storing God’s Word in Your Soul
There are at least nine results when you store God’s Word in your soul and make application of it to your life:
- It enables you to know God better—knowledge of His Word precedes knowledge of Him. In essence, you cannot know God until you know His Word.
- It gives us reasons to love God more than life itself. Knowing Him through His Word enables you to love Him and fulfills the conditions necessary for blessings beyond your wildest imagination. “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high…he will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him” (Psa. 91:14-16). The list of what God will do for you is endless, just because of your love for Him.
- It helps you to imitate God. “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do” (Eph. 5:1 NLT). You cannot imitate God until you know Him through studying His Word.
- It enables you to demonstrate your love for God through obedience. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). You cannot keep that which you do not know. The Bible teaches what God expects and gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your love for Him by obeying His mandates.
- It helps you renew your mind, and protects you from the thinking and lifestyle, which the world offers. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Rom. 12:2 NLT).
- It equips you to serve God better. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17 NIV emphases added).
- It guides you in a dark world. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psa. 119:105).
- It empowers you to resist sin. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psa. 119:11 NIV). Evangelist, Dwight L. Moody said, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.
- It helps you develop spiritual integrity and capacity. Together these form capacity righteousness, a magnet for overflowing blessing. “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon” (Psa. 92:12). [NEXT]