One of the most important things we can do when we gather is read scripture, so why do we often do it so poorly? Maybe because we’re not preparing adequately.
Our technique will improve with passion that is only built through familiarity and delight. When Ezra read the law to the people the narrative says, “So they read distinctly from the book” (Nehemiah 8:8). This is a description of careful reading that should form a pattern for us as we read scripture publicly.
Then there is the preparation of the body. By this I mean that you understand the meter and tone, and have a sense for how it should be read. This means you should practice it out loud to get the right inflections and timing, so that it is read with great passion and clarity.
He shares twelve things we can do improve our corporate scripture readings. I really liked this one:
Follow the flow of the sentence structure by paying attention to punctuation marks.