When you think about God do you see Him as one who is set apart? Do you see Him as something so much more than what we can know? Do you see Him as a perfect, holy, and morally pure being? Or do you just know He is there and say you want to read His word? Read it and love Him even if you do not know Him very well.
Well, to just try and love Him through His word without thinking about Him for who He is, makes for a difficult relationship. It would be like being married and not knowing a thing about your spouse but loving them for notes they leave you. To truly love someone we need to know them and know who they are. After all, a serial killer can leave sweet notes for someone. They can make you think they are sweet and loving. So, we need to think about God and know Him. Knowing God is foundational to our relationship with Him.
God is holy, set apart, and perfect (Ps. 5:5; 11:5; Isa.6:3,5-7; Hab. 1:12-13). He is wholly other than all of creation. He is because He is not of the creation, He is the reason for creation (Gen. 1:1-2:24). Because God is perfect, set apart, and completely holy; His word is nothing but the truth and perfect for “teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16b-17). Therefore, Scripture is very important in our thoughts on who and what God is. After all, the Scriptures are God’s word. They are true because they are from God via the Holy Spirit via men who wrote (1 Peter 1:21).
Knowing that the Scriptures are God’s word, and completely true–of which there is plenty of internal and external evidence to show this, one will engage in responsible theological thinking. If this line of thinking is skewed in any way, then one’s theological thinking may look and feel to be responsible and correct, when in truth it is not. God must be in His proper place, holy, perfect, and set apart from us, which places Him at the head of any theological thinking. If He is placed in the proper position then, one will see Scripture as the naturally flowing completely true words of God for mankind. Once one reconciles themselves to these concepts and recognizes God as such and His word as such, they can then begin to understand God and His desires for us. This is true because they are thinking with a proper theological method.
For those who may want to go a little further in knowing God, I have linked three papers below.