Psalm 119:165 - what you'll miss if you skip the Bible today

~ Today’s Scripture art and mini Bible study will dig into the Psalms to find out what you’ll miss if you skip the Bible today. ~

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Is it a big deal if we skip our Bible reading today? Of course we know what the answer should be. But the truth is, our answer depends on how much we value the 14 things below.

Today we’re talking about a shared struggle for many of us – spending daily time in God’s Word. 

It’s the daily part that’s hard, right? In fact, statistics show that less than a third of Protestant churchgoers read their Bible everyday.

Did God really intend for us to read His Word every single day?

Acts 17:11 (NASB): Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

Deuteronomy 17:18-19 (ESV): “And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them,

Side note: I can’t zoom by that verse without pointing out the Scripture writing! But that’s another post. {grin}

Psalm 119:165 calligraphy - what you'll miss if you skip the Bible today

I think God built us to need His “manna” every day. So what can we do if we struggle with spending daily time in His Word?

  • Pray!

Luke 18:1 (CSB): Now he told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not give up.

  • Keep trying.

2 Chronicles 15:7 (CSB): But as for you, be strong; don’t give up, for your work has a reward.”

  • Don’t give up.

Because you don’t want to miss the reward! 

Yes, there are perks! In fact, the benefits are many!

Wait a minute. Hold on.

Are you thinking: Hey, we aren’t supposed to read the Bible to get a reward! Aren’t we supposed to read it because we want to grow closer to Jesus?

Yep! You are so right!

John 5:39 (NLT): “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!

It’s all about Him.

Motives are important. He definitely sees the heart. But He also tells us in His Word to start reading before the desire comes.

Jeremiah 15:16a (ESV): Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart,

So maybe God spelled out the rewards in the Psalms to entice us into the “found” stage and keep us in the “eat them” stage – and then the desire/motive would follow.

See if these 14 rewards entice you at all. I’m pretty sure they will!

Jeremiah 15:16 Scripture Art

Let’s dig into the Psalms and find out …

What We’ll Miss If We Skip Our Bible Reading Today

1. We’ll miss a dose of reviving.

Psalm 19:7 (ESV): The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 

No need for reviving today? Ok, then go ahead and skip your Bible reading.


2. We’ll miss a dose of rejoicing.

Psalm 19:8 (ESV): the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

Don’t need joy today? Fine, go ahead and skip your Bible reading.


3. We’ll miss a dose of sin-awareness.

Psalm 119:11 (CSB): I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.

Got the no-sin thing down? Then you’re good to go ahead and skip your Bible reading today.


4. We’ll miss a dose of eye-adjusting.

Psalm 119:15 (ESV): I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.

No chance of wandering eyes today? Ok, then go on and skip your Bible reading.


5. We’ll miss a dose of retaining.

Psalm 119:16 (ESV): I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Never ever forget? Fine, go ahead and skip your Bible reading today.


6. We’ll miss a dose of wonderous things.

Psalm 119:18 (ESV): Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

Don’t need to stand in awe of Him today? Then go ahead and skip your Bible reading.


7. We’ll miss a dose of light.

Psalm 119:105 (ESV): Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:130 (ESV): The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

Have all the direction you need? Fine, then go ahead and skip your Bible reading today.

Psalm 119:105 - Why God want us to read Scripture every day

8. We’ll miss a dose of counseling.

Psalm 119:24 (ESV): Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.

Got everything all figured out? Then you’re good to go ahead and skip your Bible reading.


9. We’ll miss a dose of life-giving. 

Psalm 119:25 (CSB): My life is down in the dust; give me life through your word.

Psalm 119:93 (ESV): I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.

No need for a life infusion? Ok, then go ahead and skip your Bible reading today.


10. We’ll miss a dose of strengthening. 

Psalm 119:28 (CSB): I am weary from grief; strengthen me through your word.

Never get weak? Fine, go ahead and skip your Bible reading today.


11. We’ll miss a dose of understanding.

Psalm 119:32 (CSB): I pursue the way of your commands, for you broaden my understanding.

Psalm 119:104 (ESV): Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

Already understand everything? Then go ahead and skip your Bible reading today.


12. We’ll miss a dose of hope.

Psalm 119:49 (CSB): Remember your word to your servant; you have given me hope through it.

Have all the hope you need? Ok, then go ahead and skip your Bible reading today.


13. We’ll miss a dose of wisdom.

Psalm 119:98-99 (CSB): Your command makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me. I have more insight than all my teachers because your decrees are my meditation.

Don’t need wisdom today? Then you’re good to skip your Bible reading. 


And the best one of all …

14. We’ll miss a dose of peace. 

Psalm 119:165 (CSB): Abundant peace belongs to those who love your instruction; nothing makes them stumble.

No stress? Well, go ahead and skip your Bible reading today. 

Psalm 119:165 Scripture Art

BUT …

If your day might need a dose of peace, reviving, direction, or strength, then don’t dare miss your Bible reading!

That would be every day, right?

Skip something else (social media? tv?), but not your Bible reading.

These rewards are too valuable.

And one last thing: don’t waste your time searching for any of those 14 anywhere else.

James 1:25 (CSB): But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who works – this person will be blessed in what he does.

P.S. After giving you all those incentives, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about our daily Scripture journals, which are super helpful in building the daily-ness! Check them out here >>

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*My prayer for you is … that this blog will inspire you to open your Bible every single day to seek God’s face and write His Word on your heart – because HE’S the key to lasting heart change!

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