I. What the Bible Is!
a. Water for cleansing (9)
This whole section deals with victory over sin. young people in particular
need to learn to heed and hide the Word that they might overcome
temptation. As you read the Word and meditate on it,
it cleanses your inner being, just as water cleanses the body.
John 15:3, Ephesians 5:25-27
b. Wealth and treasure (14, 72, 127, 162)
Many people do not know the difference between prices and values. your
Bible may cost but a few dollars, but what a treasure it is. How would you feel if
you lost God’s Word and could not replace it?
c. A companion and friend (24)
The writer was a stranger (19), rejected by the proud (21) and by princes
(23), but he always had the Word to be his counselor.
d. A song to sing (54)
imagine making songs out of statutes - laws! Life is a pilgrimage; we are
“tourists” and not residents. The songs of the world mean nothing to us, but
God’s Word is a song to our hearts.
e. Honey (103)
The sweetness of the Word is like honey to the taste. It is sad when the
Christian must have the “honey” of this world to be satisfied.
Psalm 34:8; Job 23:12
f. A lamp (105, 130)
This is a dark world and the only dependable light is the Word of God (2
Peter 1:19-21). It leads us a step at a time, as we walk in obedience. First John
1:5-10 ells us we walk in the light as we obey His Word.
g. Great spoil (162)
Poor soldiers were made rich by the spoil left by the defeated enemy. The
riches of the Word do not come easy; there must first be that spiritual battle against
Satan and the flesh. But it is worth it!
h. A heritage (111)
What a precious inheritance is the Bible! And think of those who had to
suffer and die that we might have this inheritance.
II. What the Bible Does!
a. It blesses (1-2)
It is the book with a blessing (Psalm 1:1-3). We are blessed in reading the
Word, understanding the Word, and obeying the Word. We are also blessed
when we share the Word with others.
b. It gives life (25, 37, 40, 50, 88, 93)
“Quicken” means to give life. The Word gives us eternal life when we believe
(1 Peter 1:23). It is the living Word (Hebrews 4:12). But the Word also
quickens us when we are weak, discouraged and defeated. Revival comes when
we yield to God’s Word!
c. It gives strength (28)
Trusting the Word encourages us (Matthew 4:4). God‘s Word has power
(Hebrews 4:12) and can empower us when we believe and obey.
d. It gives liberty (45)
A law that gives liberty - what an oxymoron! Sin would have dominion over
us (133), but the Word sets us free (John 8:32). True liberty comes in obeying
God’s Word. His Word is the “perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25).
e. It imparts wisdom (66, 97-104)
We may get knowledge and facts in other books, but true spiritual wisdom is
fond in the Bible. Note in vv. 97-104 that there are various ways to discover truth
-- from your enemies, from your teachers, from your older friends -- and all of
these are good. But above them all is the knowledge of the Bible. teachers may
know from books, and elders may know from experience (both deserving respect),