“Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand” (Revelation 1:3). There is a blessing to reading aloud the Word of God and hearing the Word of God read aloud. Never underestimate the value of reading your Bible aloud. Reading the Bible out loud allows for a deeper understanding. It allows you to practice inflection and will help you understand what is being said and to whom. Reading the Bible aloud allows you to pick up on some of the nuance of the text.
Not only will it help in understanding, it will help in the application. Have you ever heard the voice of your father or mother in your own inner monologue? No, I don’t mean a literal disembodied voice. I mean, have you ever been so familiar with the words you have heard from your mother or father that your brain conjures up the memory of them in a situation where they helped in just the right way? When you read the Bible aloud you have this weapon against the wiles of Satan. You will be facing a temptation and you will hear the voice of Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, Solomon, David, or one of the other men in the Bible in the tone and inflection with which you read in your daily reading. You may be surprised just how powerful this is. Many are the times I am tempted to act quickly or not seek advice from a trusted confidant and hear the voice of Solomon speak a Proverb that helps in just the right way. This is not miraculous, it is a blessing from reading and hearing the Word of God.
I pray that we all will be more diligent in our daily Bible reading. It will greatly help our congregations because it will greatly help us individually.