Have you ever been through a season in your life of private worship when the Bible feels hum drum and “you’re not getting anything out of it?” I think one of the best remedies is to study about the Word of God itself. Maybe do a passage study or get a new book about the Word and dig into it. This will help you remember what the Scriptures really are.
The Scriptures are about Jesus.
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
Are we learning how to see Jesus in all of Scripture? Are we looking for Him?
The Scriptures have a living supernatural power to cut through our souls to expose our true motives.
For 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.
When was the last time the Word of God jumped out and grabbed you by the heart?
The Scriptures are about the Gospel.
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
When you read the Bible are you on the hunt for signs of the Gospel?
The Bible is for continuous meditation and study.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Is your engaging of the Bible a regular pattern in life?
The Word of God teaches, corrects, and trains us.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Is the Bible teaching you? Is it reproving you? Is it correcting you? Is it training you? Is it equipping you?
The Word of God is meant to be a weapon in your heart and mouth.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Are you using the Scriptures as a weapon against the enemy?
Are you using specific scriptures to fight against specific temptations?
The Word of God was written down in order to lead us into faith and flourishing through Christ.
These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
In your regular Bible reading is your heart being stirred? It’s not going to happen every day, but are you getting there?
Are you finding the Scriptures stretching your faith, growing it, challenging you to reach for God, to seek Him, to see His Spirit moving you towards worship and growth?
If your private worship is feeling less like delight and more like duty, remember to look for Jesus in the Scriptures. If you need some fresh ideas on how to approach your time in the Word, the elders have put together a list of resources to help. Visit www.redeemerbiblechurch.com/privateworship