I love seeing how other people read their Bible. I have seen some things that I would really like to try! Isn't it great how together we sharpen one another! ::grin::
I have talked before about the power of praise. I love to listen to worship songs and praise God with my voice and dance. So, it is no surprise to me that Holy Spirit gave me the idea "Connecting Verses" several years ago.
The idea is to take worship music and use it as a "blueprint" if you will to search the Bible. Connecting Verses is a place where music and scripture collide.
I've noticed that the more I would dig into scripture, especially the Psalms, the more that I would be reminded of songs as the words would "leap off the pages."
Last week, I was able to carve out some worship time with my kids. My husband was out for the evening. I put on worship songs and encouraged the kids to read their Bibles or worship with flags. My daughter, she went to singing and dancing. My son, sat on the couch with his Bible.
I felt directed to lead Easton to the Psalms. After a while, as I laid down on the floor with my Bible opened, my son came and laid on the floor next to me with his Bible. As I was flipping through the Psalms, Easton looked at my Bible and said, "This one is my favorite Psalm." I said, "Oh? Psalm 40?" I looked at the verses on the page:
1I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
3 He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.
In the margin of my Bible, I had written: Hillsong Worship - Jesus Lover of my Soul. I said, "You know Easton, there is a song that I loved growing up about these verses in Psalm 40. At the time I couldn't remember the tune so I looked it up on YouTube. As soon as the music began, I instantly remembered. I sang it over my kids as they laid their heads on my lap. It was one of the most beautiful moments I've had with my children. I have had moments like this when they were smaller. But now, there is something so sweet when children are at that age when they know how to read, they know how to process the moment, and will remember these times.
What I think will be really fun, is if we work through a song together. Meditate on the song, "I Am Not Alone" by Kari Jobe (Click the song title for a lyric video).
When I walk through deep watersI know that You will be with me When I'm standing in the fire I will not be overcome Through the valley of the shadow I will not fearI am not aloneI am not alone You will go before me You will never leave meI am not aloneI am not alone You will go before me You will never leave meIn the midst of deep sorrowI see Your light is breaking through The dark of night will not overtake me I am pressing into YouLord, You fight my every battleOh, and I will not fearI am not aloneI am not alone You will go before me You will never leave meI am not aloneI am not alone You will go before me You will never leave meYou amaze meRedeem me You call me as Your own You amaze me Redeem me You call me as Your ownYou're my strengthYou're my defender You're my refuge in the storm Through these trials You've always been faithful You bring healing to my soulI am not aloneI am not alone You will go before me You will never leave meI am not alone (no)I am not alone You will go before me You will never leave meI am not aloneI am not alone You will go before me You will never leave me