I want my kids to know God’s word, right?
Psalm 119 is full of promises about the profitability of knowing (and doing!) God’s word.
- How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. – Psalm 119:9
- I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11
- My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! – Psalm 119:25
- My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word! – Psalm 119:28
- I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me. – Psalm 119:30
- Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word. – Psalm 119:74
- Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105
- The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. – Psalm 119:160
Purity, life, strength, faithfulness, hope, light, truth – we want these for our kids, and in increasing measure!
But what do kids want?
In the case of my son, he wants to play his PS4.
So I made a deal with him: for every verse he memorized I give him a dollar. If he memorizes a chapter I double it.
He was stoked!!!
He tore into Psalm 1. He would go around the house saying it; wake me up whispering it; write it on his paper at school when he was through with his work.
He came home the other day and said, “I’m ready!”… and I filmed it. 🙂
What’s great is the extra blessing of him challenging me on my memory of the same scripture.
If you’re a parent, find out what draws out your child’s heart and meet them there.