"Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them" (Psalm 111:2).
One of the most powerful motivators for Bible study is the inevitable delight in doing so. We study Scripture because when we do, we expand our delight in God, which causes us to come back again to study more, knowing that our delight in him will expand yet again. That is what the Bible is built to do.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward”(Psalm 19:7-11).
Only the Bible can support the weight of our need for soul restoration in God. Herein is the secret of our delight in the study of the great works of The Lord: we forget him. We have bad days. We lose sleep in fear of upcoming decisions. The doctor gives us bad news.
“Some days with Jesus we are so sad we feel our heart will break open. Some days with Jesus fear turns us into a knot of nerve ends. Some days with Jesus we are so depressed and discouraged that between the garage and the house we just want to sit down on the grass and cry. Every day with Jesus is not sweeter than the day before. We know it from experience and we know it from Scripture.”-John Piper
Within the pages of the Bible we find the mighty, sovereign God who holds us together and restores our soul (Psalm 19:7,23: 3). We remember again that God causes all things to work together for our good and his glory (Romans 8:28ff). We remember again that Jesus came and died that we might not grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12:3). Our delight in God expands. Our focus is now upon our God, not on our pain. He is the God whose works are great, and we who have found our souls restored in them study out of delight, not out of duty.