My daughter, Audrey, started Pre-Preschool this year, it was an odd sight to see my little girl with backpack on eagerly talking about going to school to learn. How did she get so big so fast? To be honest, I didn’t figure learning to be the agenda of a Pre-Preschool, but rather saw it as a great opportunity for Audrey to socialize with kids her age, and do fun crafts. Learning was far down the road anyways, as most parents are quick to assert. I think Audrey is the smartest little girl in the world.
I was shocked then, when one day Audrey came home from school and said with certainty, “Daddy I am going to teach you a Bible verse, and then you are going to teach me one too.” I didn’t have a chance to respond before Audrey quoted to me Genesis 1:1 complemented with sign language. My mouth was still ajar when I realized quite uncomfortably that the pressure was on me now. Would it be okay to cheat? I had a Bible in arm’s reach and contemplated reaching out for a lifeline. Suddenly a Psalm came to me that I had been dwelling on that week and so I narrowly dodged a bullet as I taught my daughter Psalm 130 vs. 5 “ I hope Lord, my whole being hopes, and I wait for God’s promises.” Audrey learned that verse in no time and I decided that I would need to memorize more verses to keep up with my 3 year old.
Many of you know of my affinity for the Psalms, so it was there that I naturally started. Statements started to stick with me, “Sing to the Lord a new song,” “God’s throne is built on Righteousness and Justice,” “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord” and so on. Feeling inspired I decided to try and memorize an entire Psalm. My devotions are structured much like the readings in this devotional, and on a whim I decided to memorize whatever Psalm was assigned that day. To my horror it was Psalm 119. Nope.
I gave up quickly pulled towards Psalm 117 … all two verses of it.
Rereading Psalm 119 verses 73-96 reminded me of that failed adventure and I couldn’t help but note the passion with which David speaks of the decrees and laws of God. For David, the law provides life, hope, and delight. David finds the commands of God to be faithful, everlasting, and worth pondering even in the face of destruction.
We have something to learn from the innocence of a three year old who wants to learn another verse, and from the King who found life in pursuing God’s will. We may never memorize Psalm 119, but we ought to seek out the desires of God eagerly finding comfort, life and hope as we faithfully seek God’s will.
Contributed by Pastor Matt Codd