God’s Word For Our Children
It’s difficult to overplay the importance of keeping God’s Word always in our midst. All of us parents want to create a home environment that ministers to our children in teaching them to love the Lord. It’s verses like these that encourage me to work hard at just that:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” Deuteronomy 11:18
“With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:10-11
“but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2
We as parents try to do this in ways that make sense to us, and it would do us well to share them amongst each other. Some people have a difficult time thinking of ways to complete a task, and others have ideas constantly popping out of their head. Perhaps you can comment below with what your family does. I think that would be helpful.
So, how can we go about meditating on the Lord’s book day and night? Here are a few ways we do it in our home:
Years ago, some good friends of ours shared with us a wonderful gift. These were our early days of being reformed, so I was admittedly unaware of this thing called the ‘Westminster Shorter Catechism’ (or Larger, or Confession). What they gave us was the first cd of a 4-part series by Holly Dutton Bishop of the WSC put to song. We started listening to it in our car, having it play on repeat for months on end. It didn’t take long, maybe a couple weeks, for us to have the entire cd memorized. Our daughter at the time was maybe 18 months old or so, and even she could sing along to most.
Several years later, one of my favorite ways to end the evening is to gather the kids in the living room, get out my guitar, and play/sing a few before bed. Our kids often get their own instruments and make (joyful) noise along with me, but our only requirement (as they dance and hop around all crazy-like) is that they sing along. It’s a fantastic way to get the truth of what we learn in scripture in their hearts in minds.
For the longest time, I’ve loved creating music. With a family and lots of work to keep me busy, the time I do have to get to write music, I focus on scripture memory. And I love it. What I write is not flashy, or very nice at all. It’s a simple melody that helps memorize God’s Word. Years back my wife and I participated in memorizing Philippians with the #P2R group coordinated by Tim Brister, and I decided that the easiest way to memorize large chunks at a time was to make it a song. So I haphazardly put a few verses at a time to music, and kept going through the entire book. I’m so happy I did, as I can still recite much of it today (though I don’t practice it enough to do it straight through.)
I’ve done this periodically with short verses we were memorizing, the Apostle’s Creed, and now more recently I’ve started to do the same for the Psalms. I’ve only got a few done, but I plan on continuing to write more. I tell you, there is nothing better than hearing your children sing God’s Word.
As a graphic designer, my wife has requested a few items for me to make and print out for her to hang up around the house. They are usually bible verses, or sayings that encourage us. I was recently made aware of FaithLife’s new venture Verse Art. This is exactly along the lines of what we try to do with our home decor. From bible verses illustrated on our chalk board (by my artistic wife), to my prints on the walls, we want to make it clear whom this home is serving.
So those are my big 3. What are you doing in your home to daily present the truth of God’s Word to your children?