What is a Good Place to Start Reading the Bible (Y1.T1.D1)
Updated: Sep 11
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Welcome to the most amazing adventure in human history!
As we begin, I’m reminded of when I approach my five-year-old grandson with my hands behind my back saying, “Close your eyes and open your hands.”
A smile crosses his lips while ten little fingers reach toward me. His eyes flutter as he fights hard not to peek. That is when I know he is ready. I have his full attention. He trusts in my ability to delight him. Anticipation sits right in the front of his mind, and no other distractions exist. And there is nothing better than the big reveal.
“Okay, open your eyes.”
The word “wow” is on his lips before he has time to see what I have for him. It could be a jelly sandwich, a pretty rock from the yard, or a big hug from his Gigi. Even without knowing what I have, he is tickled, fully embracing the moment.
The best place to begin reading the Bible is with the joyful anticipation of a five-year-old.
To help facilitate those feelings, this read-through begins with Psalm 119 where I ask the Lord to “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18).
By starting this way, we not only see more within the text, we are also more likely to continue the journey set out before us.
9 Moses wrote this law and delivered it to the priests the sons of Levi, who bore the ark of Yahweh’s covenant, and to all the elders of Israel. 10 Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of release, in the feast of booths, 11 when all Israel has come to appear before Yahweh your God in the place which he will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people, the men and the women and the little ones, and the foreigners who are within your gates, that they may hear, learn, fear Yahweh your God, and observe to do all the words of this law, 13 and that their children, who have not known, may hear and learn to fear Yahweh your God, as long as you live in the land where you go over the Jordan to possess it.” (Deuteronomy 31:9–13)
1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to Yahweh’s law.
2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes,
who seek him with their whole heart.
3 Yes, they do nothing wrong.
They walk in his ways.
4 You have commanded your precepts,
that we should fully obey them.
5 Oh that my ways were steadfast
to obey your statutes!
6 Then I wouldn’t be disappointed,
when I consider all of your commandments.
7 I will give thanks to you with uprightness of heart,
when I learn your righteous judgments.
8 I will observe your statutes.
Don’t utterly forsake me.
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.
10 With my whole heart, I have sought you.
Don’t let me wander from your commandments.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, Yahweh.
Teach me your statutes.
13 With my lips,
I have declared all the ordinances of your mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies,
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts,
and consider your ways.
16 I will delight myself in your statutes.
I will not forget your word.
17 Do good to your servant.
I will live and I will obey your word.
18 Open my eyes,
that I may see wondrous things out of your law.
19 I am a stranger on the earth.
Don’t hide your commandments from me.
20 My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.
21 You have rebuked the proud who are cursed,
who wander from your commandments.
22 Take reproach and contempt away from me,
for I have kept your statutes.
23 Though princes sit and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.
24 Indeed your statutes are my delight,
and my counselors.
25 My soul is laid low in the dust.
Revive me according to your word!
26 I declared my ways, and you answered me.
Teach me your statutes.
27 Let me understand the teaching of your precepts!
Then I will meditate on your wondrous works.
28 My soul is weary with sorrow:
strengthen me according to your word.
29 Keep me from the way of deceit.
Grant me your law graciously!
30 I have chosen the way of truth.
I have set your ordinances before me.
31 I cling to your statutes, Yahweh.
Don’t let me be disappointed.
32 I run in the path of your commandments,
for you have set my heart free. (Psalm 119:1–32)
I’m grateful for the wonder of your word. Thank you so much for inviting me on this journey with you. Help me spend today with eyes wide open to your ways (Psalm 119:18). Give me the heart of a young child (Matthew 18:2-3), openly excited for the special surprises you have planned for me. I am yours, and I choose the way of truth (Psalm 119:30). Help me walk in the freedom your law provides. Hide it deep into my heart.
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