In my previous post, I mentioned that God commanded the Kings of Israel to handwrite Scripture.
To reiterate it, I’ll post a bit of it below:
The fact that God COMMANDED this is super important. These kings would be in charge of God’s people. God wanted the Kings of Israel to be devoted to Him and keeping His law, as well as leading His people with a strong foundation.
Not only were the Kings instructed to hand-copy God’s Word for themselves, but they were to keep it with them always and read it all the days of their lives. The Kings were required to do this so that they would honor God, follow His law, not fall away by the slightest bit and stay humble.
This Scripture alone demonstrates how powerful writing out the Word is!
Here’s My Tips for writing out Scripture:
+ Buy a new journal. Solely for the purpose of scripture writing.
+ Or, you could use a three-ring binder to enter loose leaf sheets into it. This is great for us plan to write out more books of the Bible and would like to keep them in order.
+ Choose your favorite version of the Bible or choose a version that you’ve never really read before. You’ll be amazed at how a different translation can open your eyes to new things.
+ Write slowly. Focus on each word and what it means.
+ Reread after you write.
+ Go slow. Let God’s Word soak into your spirit. It’s not about finishing at a fast pace, but spending time in His Word and with Him.
+ Quiet your thoughts. Pray to God to speak to you through this process.
+ Find a place to write where there will be very few interruptions. Try listening to worship music to tune any noise that may be going on around you out.
+ Make it pretty! Use washi tape, different colored pens, small illustrations and/or other embellishments. The more inviting that your journal is, the more likely you’ll come back to it… often.
+ Do it with intentions of seeing it through.
This is the journal I’ll be using specifically to write out the Psalms. Although we’re only covering Psalms 1-41, I’ll use it in the future again to write out more Psalms. I can’t wait to decorate it and see how beautiful it becomes over the course of this study!
Knowing (and living out!) God’s Word is super important in strengthening our walks with God. Let’s take a look at a what God’s Word says about God’s Word:
Fun activity: Look the scriptures that are listed below, up in your Bible (I’ve listed them in the order they appear to make it a bit easy ☺️) and mark them, and/OR write a few of them on post it notes to stick them in the front of your Scripture writing journal or Bible study area!
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 “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. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.”
Joshua 1:8 “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.”
Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.”
Job 23:12 “I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.”
Psalm 119:11 “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Proverbs 2:1-5 “My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
So, let’s reflect on these Scriptures and ask ourselves, “How can I apply this to my life?”
What I’m personally telling myself:
+ read the Word.
+ study the Word.
+ write the Word.
+ teach others about the Word.
+ LIVE AND BREATHE THE WORD.
+ find time each day to be alone with God and His Word. Whether it’s at the end of the night when the kids are sleeping or first thing in the morning, all that matters is being with God.
+ be eager for God’s truth.
+ treat Bible Study as I would food. Just like a lack of food can lead to death, a lack of nourishment from God, can lead to spiritual death.
+ Scripture is for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training. As much as I may know the Bible there’s still tons I don’t know. I need to let God’s instruction guide me during every sentence I read instead of interpreting it to say what I want it to say.
+ I should make His Word more visible in my home. Yes, I’ve got a few Scriptures posted on notes here and there, but I could certainly put memory verses and encouraging reminders in just about every area of my home… and more importantly, my heart.
+ as a believer the Bible tells me that one of my highest priorities should be learning the Bible. Am I taking my Bible knowledge seriously? Do I put learning about God’s Word before everything else.
+ am I a true doer of the Word? #DontTalkAboutItSharBEaboutIt!
Ah!!! Just so much! This is the question we’ll be asking ourselves after each chapter we read. How can I apply this to my life? As you can see it leads so much more! I’m sure there will be a lot more lengthy lists like this is my journal during our Bible study this summer!
I’m so excited to sail through Psalms with y’all!