A daily reading of the Bible has been an essential part of our marriage over these last thirty years. Ken and I have a simple belief that the Bible shows us what we were, what we are, and what we can be.
There’s a wonderful verse in the Psalms that explains that perspective: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130).
What does the Bible do? It describes God’s mercy and lays down the principles of His justice. It shows us heaven and it shows us hell.
We are particularly happy to read that insight is offered “to the simple.” That is to say, what is required is not cleverness or intellectual star-quality but straightforwardness, humility and childlikeness.
According to my Online Dictionary, the word “unfolding” means “to reveal gradually.” Bit by bit. Day by day. God shows us who He really is “in many and in various ways” (Hebrew 1:1), like teaching a child to read, going over and over the point with patience and unwearied pleasure.
I love the old-fashioned language of Matthew Henry:
“Thus [the words of the Bible] give to the simple, in a few days, understanding of those matters, which philosophers for ages sought in vain. The believer, wearied with the cares of life and his conflicts with sin, pants for the consolations conveyed to him by means of the sacred word. And every one may pray, Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
We must beg that the Holy Spirit would order our steps. The dominion of sin is to be dreaded and prayed against by every one. The oppression of men is often more than flesh and blood can bear; and He who knoweth our frame, will not refuse to remove it in answer to the prayers of his people.
Whatever obscurity may appear as to the faith of the Old Testament believers, their confidence at the throne of grace can only be explained by their having obtained more distinct views of gospel privileges, through the sacrifices and services of their law, than is generally imagined. Go to the same place, plead the name and merits of Jesus, and you will not, you cannot plead in vain.”