When I was growing up my Dad used to walk around the house singing verses he had memorized from the Bible. He would write the verses on index cards, memorize them, and then our family would quiz him with the index cards to see if he knew it word for word.
One of the verses he memorized and put to song was Psalm 8
LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
I can still hear him singing it through our house. It has become a wonderful memory for me!
My counselor in Oregon told me that I would not have had the strength to endure had it not been for my upbringing. Both of my parents had relentless resolve regarding certain Biblical principles. I believe this verse alone poured strength into me as a child for my future.
My Dad wanted us to love the Bible just like he did. He bought my sister and I expensive Bible’s when we were young in hopes we would treasure it and love to read it as he did. But as years went on I did not love the Word like my Dad did.
It used to be kind of a joke between Darin and I. Darin was able to quote verses better than I could even though he came to know Christ so much later. This use to really concern Darin. But I just didn’t have a desire to read it. I even bought Bible tapes to see if that would help me and they ended up getting ruined in the trunk of my car.
It was not until this dark trial concerning our marriage that I started loving the Word of God. Many years ago I lost that Bible my Dad bought me. I have misplaced so many Bibles I have lost count. In fact some of you reading this blog may have one of my old Bibles in your home. But thankfully my Dad planted a seed of loving the Word of God in me and it was as if this trial in our marriage became spiritual miracle grow on that seed and it produced in me a love and appreciation for the Word of God!
One of the things that I think is important to tell you is once I realized the the Bible was a weapon I carried it with me in my purse or car especially when I was working. Every once in a while I would forget to bring it with me. One time I was staying in a hotel on a business trip and had forgotten it. It happened to be one of those times I really needed encouragement. It was on the 30th of the month. I opened up the Gideon Bible that was in the drawer of my room and this is the verse I read out of that Bible.
Under three things the earth trembles,
under four it cannot bear up:
a servant who becomes king,
a fool who is full of food,
an unloved woman who is married,
and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.
This is another example of how the Bible spoke into my life perfectly. I said to myself that night I might feel unloved but at least the earth is trembling over it! This gave me confidence that I was not alone and Heaven was watching.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Jesus the Great High Priest
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
I love for Macy to see Darin and I reading the Bible and hear us talking about it. Just yesterday I was telling her, “Oh Macy the Bible is so wonderful it fills my heart with good things.” Darin and I are planting the same seeds of life in her that my parents planted in me so many years ago.
May the Power of God’s Word fill you with confidence in Jesus the Great High Priest our Healer, our Hope, our Peace, our Righteousness, and our Song! He is everything we could ever possibly need. Don’t be afraid to trust Him. It could be this very situation you are now facing that is going to bring significant promises your way.