The person who carefully and conscientiously receives the truths of Scripture, not merely as a creed, but in reference to his practice, will be an ornament to his Christian profession, family life, work-life, and civil society. The following series is about the Bible, its nature, and its role in the believer’s life.
I supposed I knew my Bible
Reading piecemeal, hit and miss,
Now a bit of John or Matthew,
Now a snatch of Genesis,
Certain chapters of Isaiah
Certain Psalms (the twenty-third!);
Twelfth of Romans, First of Proverbs—
Yes, I thought I knew the Word!
But I found that thorough reading
Was a different thing to do,
And the way was unfamiliar
When I read the Bible through.
You who like to play at Bible,
Dip and dabble, here and there,
Just before you kneel, aweary,
And yawn thro’ a hurried prayer;
You who treat the Crown of Writings
As you treat no other book—
Just a paragraph disjointed,
Just a crude, impatient look—
Try a worthier procedure,
Try a broad and steady view;
You will kneel in very rapture
When you read the Bible through!
Search The Scriptures —by Elhanan Winchester
The histories of our Maker’s love,
His wise and holy laws,
Such glorious news from heav’n above,
Deserve our high applause.
Then let us search with great delight
The Sacred Volume through,
Peruse it over, day and night,
And read, and learn, and do.
Here our Redeemer’s name we learn,
And view His grand designs,
The things of infinite concerns,
We read in fairest lines.’
Tis here immortal glories shine,
Ten thousand beauties rise;
And prove the volume is divine,
And wrote to make us wise.