Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sweet Moments

It was one of the sweetest moments of each day.

Growing up, my three daughters all shared a bedroom. When they went to bed each night they took turns choosing a CD to listen to. Their favorites included Mary Rice Hopkins, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, or Adventures in Odyssey.

I loved sitting by the door of their room, and hearing their little voices, singing along with the CD and whispering God’s word and His praises. Usually by the time the CD played through they were all asleep. The music just seemed to help them ease into sleep peacefully.

Little-girl-sleeping

It’s no wonder… it impressed the word of God in their hearts. It reassured them of His love for them, and offered Him praise in return. Focusing on that brought them peace, and comfort, and rest.

Today, all three of them are choosing to walk with Jesus. I am firmly convinced that part of the reason is that while they were young God’s word was rooted in their hearts, both consciously and subconsciously.

God’s word clearly assures us that “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11) So when Amy Grant sings “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105), my girls didn’t know that it was straight from the Bible, but the truth of those words nevertheless settled into their hearts.

Because His words are inspired, they are “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. “ (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Mary Rice Hopkins singing “In the beginning God made the seas, and the forests filled with trees. He made the mountains up so high, on the very top He placed the sky” laid the groundwork in their minds to receive the truth of creation.

mary rice hopkins

God’s word strengthens us (Psalm 119:28). It is eternal, and communicates eternal truths (Psalm 119:89). It brings light (Psalm 119:30) and reveals the thoughts and attitudes of our heart (Hebrews 4:12). Above all, it is the way that God has illustrated and preserved His workings throughout history in order to bring us to a place where we would seek Him, find Him, and follow Him.

The moment we realize that, and choose Him, is the sweetest moment of all!

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.            Colossians 3:15-16

Further reflection:

1. When did you first start believing that God’s word is true?

2. What do you do to bury God’s word in your heart and mind?

Father, I love Your word. It is my comfort, my encouragement, and my challenge. It is truth, and I love how You use it to accomplish Your plans and purposes in my life. May my heart and mind be open to what You want to teach me through it.

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