Three Goals When Reading the Bible — Psalms 34

In Psalms 34:8, we read, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”

One goal when reading or studying the Bible is to look for something good about God each time you read an assigned Bible lesson to teach or as you are reading through the Bible. You may only get “a taste” of the goodness of God when you read a few Scriptures, or you may get a full dinner and be overwhelmed with the goodness of God.

Another goal when reading or studying the Bible is to thank God for His goodness and whenever possible thank God for His goodness to you and others. Your Bible reading can always be a time of praise and thankfulness to God for His written Word and His demonstration of love to us.

A third goal when reading or studying the Bible is to look for and pray for opportunities to share “a taste” of God’s goodness with others. Some who do not yet believe in the God of the Bible or Jesus may not be ready for a full dinner on the goodness of God, but if you give them “a taste” of God’s goodness in the course of a conversation, you may move them a little further down the path to understanding that God is good, and eventually they may come to believe in God and Jesus too. Or, perhaps in a time of trouble they will take refuge in the Lord and find the blessings the Bible says are there for all who will take refuge in Him.

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May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

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Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.
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