“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lordand on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” – Psalms 1:1-3 ESV
Read the Bible online HERE, where you can choose any translation and easily find specific Scripture.
God’s Word is His revelation of Himself to us. It is not about us; it is about God. To grow any relationship, we must devote time to get to know the other person. It is the same in our relationship with God. We must devote time to regularly and reverently read His Word to better know and enjoy Him.
God’s Word is powerful. Read how the author of Hebrews describes it in 4:12: “…the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Wow. God’s Word is truth, and we must know that truth if we are to stand up to the lies of sin, ourselves, the world, and the enemy. His Word is our only weapon; notice it is a sword. What do we do with swords? We fight. Jesus fought off Satan with Scripture amidst His temptation, and we should and can do the same. Be the tree in Psalms 1. Cultivate deep roots in the Word of God to know and enjoy Him, and you will be immovable.
For help on how to read the Bible, see John Piper’s helpful article on Desiring God: How to Read the Bible for Yourself.
There is no specific order in which one should read the Word of God. The Holy Spirit works and delights in God’s Word being read and helps us understand the gospel on each page which is the truth that applies not only to our salvation but also to our sanctification. However, if you find yourself lost and have no idea where to begin or simply need some structure to hold you accountable to reading each day, click on the month below to find a reading plan for each day of the year. You can start anytime.