Today we read again in the 119th Psalm. We actually won’t finish it until tomorrow. This is the longest Psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible. This Psalm is a praise to the Word of God. I was in a church ministry team meeting at my church yesterday where we discussed the need to get our church members interacting with God’s Word every day. When I looked at the landing page of my Logos Bible Study software I saw the following verse:
“Sanctify them in the truth; your Word is truth.”
I’m sensing a theme. Sanctification is the process by which we are made holy. Holy means “set-apart”. Bottom line this means that we are made more like Christ by God’s Word. Now how can we be made more like Christ through God’s Word if we aren’t reading God’s Word on a regular basis? I realize I am preaching to the choir here. If you are reading this it is probably because you are participating in our daily reading plan. What about your family? Are they being sanctified by God’s Word? You are responsible for your own spiritual growth but as the spiritual head of your house hold you are also responsible for the spiritual growth of your family? What are you doing to live up to this responsibility?
One thing you could do is read the daily reading from this website to your family. If that seems like too much to lay on younger kids take a verse or two from the daily reading and read that to them. Of course you need to explain the importance and/or context of what you’ve read them; simply hold a short conversation with them about the verse or verses in question. You can make this an hour long thing or a five minute thing, but even five minutes is better than nothing.
William Wilberforce, an 18th century English politician and primary mover behind the movement to end slavery in England, noted in his diary, “Walked from Hyde Park corner, repeating the 119th Psalm in great comfort.” This Psalm, indeed the entire Bible, is a great comfort but only if we read it, study it, memorize it, and share it. Brothers, be sanctified, be comforted, read God’s Word and share it with your family.