This is taken from an article by Dr. Richard Mayhue with the Master's Seminary. I read this about 15 years ago and taped it to the front leaf of my Bible.
This book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
Its doctrine is holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.
It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter.
Here heaven is opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.
Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.
It is a mine of wealth, health to the soul, and a river of pleasure.
It is given to you here in this life, will be opened at the Judgment, and is established forever.
It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and condemn all who trifle with its contents.
Intimacy with God is not reserved for a select group of initiates but is within the grasp of every believer. There is no magic formula or secret incantation. In fact, there are no shortcuts, only one, well-marked path---the Word of God. Read it. Study it. Make its truths yours. It is the only gateway to initmacy with our great God.
Good words then, good words now. Thank you Dr. Mayhue.