What great nation is there that has statutes and judgements as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today? (Deuteronomy 4:8)
A national news columnist–I forget his name–is from Okalona, Mississippi, just up the road from here. In a column some years back, he was telling of visiting his 90-year-old mother, a retired librarian. She had always been a voracious reader. “Son,” she told him, “I’ve just finished reading the most fascinating book.” As she showed it to him, he smiled.
“Mother,” said the columnist son, “I distinctly remember you telling me you had read that twenty years ago. In fact, you bought me a copy. Don’t you remember?”
“The way my memory is going,” she said, “honestly, I could just own one book.”
We smile at the idea of reading one book over and over again. Those of a certain age will understand.
And yet, focusing on one book is exactly what disciples of the Lord Jesus do. We read the Holy Bible every day and plan to do so for the rest of our days. We read it to know it, to know the Lord through reading it, and we read it to know how to serve Him.