10 July 2012

Educating Generations With the Milk of the Word

One of my favorite passages in the whole Bible is Psalm 119. This is the longest chapter in the Bible and focuses on the incredible value of God's spoken and written Word. I encourage every parent and grandparent to meditate daily on this Psalm and to establish their educational foundation on this rich treasury.

How can we teach young men and women when they are children to stay pure and live holy and godly lives?

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy Word. With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You." (vs. 9-11)

Psalm 119 is broken down into 22 mini sections, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. For example, verses 1-9 are under the sub-heading for the letter "Aleph." One of the best things I've done so far with my daughter is to kneel down on the floor with her before God and then prayed one section together out loud. I encourage you to pray through this Psalm with your son or daughter, one-on-one, on your knees before YAHWAH Elohim, the LORD your God.

It's a powerful spiritual exercise and discipline that will train your child to love God and His Word, to learn the holy fear of the Lord, and to value and cherish His Word like treasure that can be stored up in their hearts. Finally, add this prayer for yourself whenever you read, study, or meditate on God's Word and teach it to your sons and daughters: "Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things in Your law [torah/teaching]." (vs.18)

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