I recently read a book which contained some biographical sketches of twelve reformers. Many of these men suffered persecution for preaching the truths of the bible. Whilst some of them e.g. William Tyndale paid the ultimate price for wanting to make the scriptures available in ordinary people’s mother tongue.
These men truly valued the scriptures. The question for us today though is: do we value the scriptures?
I’m not sure about you but I have at least six different printed translations at home. Additionally I have access to many more electronically. I am literally spoilt for choice.
I know there are still many people around the world today who do not have access to any scriptures or if so they may have to share it with other people. Yet often they have a love for the bible that I do not.
Psalm 119 contains many verses expressing the psalmist love for the scriptures including:
- I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. (v16)
- My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. (v20)
- How I long for your precepts! (v40)
- for I delight in your commands because I love them. (v47)
- The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. (v72)
- How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (v103)
How we need to ask the Lord to give us a new love for His Word, to value and love it like our brothers and sisters of old did.