Do you have a favorite book?
I do. It comforts me when I am grieving, calms me when I am angry, encourages me when I’m afraid, and gives me direction when I feel overwhelmed or lost – it is the Word of God. No other book has given me the courage to live or made such a deep impression on my life.
Do you enjoy reading your Bible? What do you like best about it? Have you ever read it from cover to cover? How has it changed your life?
Today, I want to challenge you to read your Bible. Daily!
God’s Word has weight and substance. Hold that Book of all books in your hands; savor the moment. Read it in the morning when you awaken. Make yourself a hot drink, then find a nice nook to read. Turn the pages, underline and make notes to help you remember. As you engage your senses, it stimulates your brain to make multiple neuronal connections and to link this moment in time with hundreds of other memories, helping you retain what you read.
Read your Bible last thing before you sleep. What your mind is last occupied with before falling asleep impacts your sleep. Let the Word quiet your mind, knowing God’s Word is forever settled in heaven. (Psalms 119:89)
Enjoy God's Word
Spending time in the Word doesn’t have to be drudgery or legalism.
About a month ago, my brother, William, pointed me to Bible Song.
I love it! Did you know singing God’s Word causes it to go deeper into your heart and your mind? Or that the enemy of our soul hates to hear you sing – especially the words of God?
Our world is a bit crazy, so when I feel nervous and experience brain chatter, I put Bible Song on and try to sing with the person going verse by verse – singing God’s Word. When I do repetitive work – like peeling potatoes – I put this on and sing with it. Sometimes I find myself dancing as I sing – which means it takes longer to get chores done, but I don’t mind, for my heart is lifted in praise and worship.
You can find also find Bible Song on YouTube.
Or I turn to my Dwell app which I listen to daily. Google “free audio Bible”; you will be surprised how many sites offer different versions of the audio Bible free.
“Singing God’s Word causes it to go deeper into your heart and your mind.”
When I was a child, Pastor Martin helped prepare us for the future by memorizing God’s Word and singing hymns (from memory). Those words became treasures in my heart.
In the dark of the night, where does your mind go? Is God’s Word hidden in your heart so when you are discouraged you can say with David, “Soul? Why are you cast down, why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God! For I shall yet praise Him, for He is the health and the help of my countenance.” (Psa 42:5, 11; 43:5)
May the Lord richly bless you,
and give you a deep hunger for His Word!