7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.Psalm 19:7-10 (NKJV)
These are the benefits of knowing the Old Testament Law: converts the soul, makes wise, rejoices the heart, enlightening the eyes, enduring forever, true and righteous, more desired than gold and sweeter than honey.
Do you know these benefits of the Old Testament? If not, we may agree that much is missing from life without the Old Testament. How can we begin to embrace the precious promises of God?
Many times I have heard the practical approach to reading Proverbs. There are 31 chapters in this book; one for every day of the month. This seems like an easy way to begin a reading plan to explore the Old Testament. The truths and applications in Proverbs will help you experience the benefits listed in Psalms 19 above.
If you are currently reading in the New Testament, check out the margins of your Bible and notice that many writers in the New are taking references from the Old. Perhaps dive deeper into the Bible by flipping back and reading those historical accounts that the writer is highlighting.
One thing I can attest to about God’s Word is no matter where you open it and begin to read, God has a message for you on every page. I challenge you to find a strategy that works for you. May you desire the Word of God more than gold and find it to be sweeter than honey, even honey from the honeycomb.