Investing in my family with the riches of God’s Word- now this something worth every silver dollar we own (Proverbs 2). The spiritual capital of accumulating God’s Word in our hearts is a fundamental family worship activity. And reading the Bible is key. Psalm 119:11 states:
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
I received a Bible as a Christmas gift from parents in the 80s.. My dad wrote a note in it that said the following:
May God bless your reading of His precious Word. Remember that this Book will keep you from sin, and sin will keep you from this Book. Our prayer is that the Scriptures will be a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. Lovingly, Mom and Dad (Christmas, 1984)
As mentioned in another post, my Dad influenced me to see the importance of reading the Bible. I would often see him read it for his morning devotions. He would also lead our family worship nearly every night. And now with this Christmas gift, he was re-enforcing the importance of storing up God’s Word.
Now, this legacy for Bible reading is a goal to leave for my family. I seek to do this in my daily Bible reading with a read through the Bible method. Through my example, albeit imperfect, I hope my children will also grasp the importance of private reading. Likewise, in my church, much Bible reading is included in the worship service, once again strengthening the value of God’s Word in our lives.
So how does this relate to family worship?
Are there benefits for Bible reading with the family as well? Here I include three.
Recently one of my daughters celebrated her golden birthday. My wife and I wondered a bit longer than usual what appropriate gift would serve this special celebration Our choice? A study Bible. And, yes, I will also write some encouraging words as my father scripted in mine about God’s blessings for Bible reading.
What other benefits are there for you in reading God’s Word often?
What are the challenges in reading the Word of God together as a family?