What Is the Bible Good for?

I recently preached a message on Psalm 19, called “The Worth of the Word,” discussing the importance of the Bible. After preaching this message, I studied the passage some more, and discovered that King David identifies twelve ways the Bible benefits us. So, if you ever wonder why you should bother to work at reading, studying, and understanding the Bible, try these for starters.

1. God’s Word converts the soul.
It changes our hearts and makes us desire the things God desires.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul […]” (Psalm 19:7).

2. God’s Word imparts wisdom.
It teaches spiritual truth that cannot be discerned by natural wisdom.
“[…T]he testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7).

3. God’s Word brings joy.
It shows us how to find true joy—not fleeting happiness—in our relationship to God.
“The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart […]” (Psalm 19:8).

4. God’s Word gives righteous instruction.
It teaches us how believers can live lives that please God.
“[…T]he commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Psalm 19:8).

5. God’s Word remains unchanging.
It is the same today as it was yesterday, and the same as it will be tomorrow.
“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever […]” (Psalm 19:9).

6. God’s Word is always right.
It is truthful, accurate, and just, because of the nature and character of its Author.
“[…T]he judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether” (Psalm 19:9).

7. God’s Word is precious.
It is vitally important to and utterly irreplaceable in our lives.
“More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:10).

8. God’s Word warns of unseen dangers.
It shows us the pitfalls we might never anticipate as we navigate through life.
“Moreover by them is thy servant warned […]” (Psalm 19:11).

9. God’s Word leads to rewards.
It teaches us godly principles to obey for our own good.
“[…A]nd in keeping of them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:11).

10. God’s Word cleanses us.
It convicts and purifies us as we learn to love its precepts.
“Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults” (Psalm 19:12).

11. God’s Word restrains us.
It shows us the difference between right and wrong, and helps us to avoid sin and temptation.
“Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression” (Psalm 19:13).

12. God’s Word points us to Him.
It teaches us about Who God is, and how we find redemption through Him and His sacrifice of His Son.
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).