Psalm 119:16 – “I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.”
Jan. 1 -- Read before my owner retired -- several chapters.
Jan. 15 -- Been resting quietly for a week. I suppose my owner has forgotten me.
Feb. 2 -- Clean up. I was dusted along with other things and put back in place.
Feb. 8 -- Owner used me for a few minutes to look up a reference before he went to Sunday school. Carried me.
March 7 -- Dusted and in my old place again. Have been down in the lower hall since my trip to Sunday school.
April 20 -- Busy day. Owner led the N.Y.P.S. and had to look up some references. Had an awful time finding one for it was in the book of Jude, and he was looking in the Minor Prophets for it.
May 5 -- In Grandma's lap all afternoon. She was here on a visit. She let a tear drop on Revelation 21:1-5. I am not used to that, but really enjoyed it.
May 6,7,8 -- In Grandma's lap these three days. Sometimes she reads me and sometimes she talks to me. I surely enjoy this. She had a pencil and marked several passages. She especially marked the 15th chapter of First Corinthians. Seems that she was interested there. She also marked Matthew 5, 6, and 7.
May 10 -- Grandma is gone. She kissed me when she left. Back into my old place again.
June 3 -- Had a couple of four-leaf clovers stuck in me today. Wonder why they did that?
June 25 -- They placed a large envelope in me today. Said it was the deeds to the new place with the insurance papers. They wanted to place them where they would never be bothered
July 1 -- One of the children found me and wanted to know what that black back Book was.
July 3 -- Taken from the shelf and placed in the trunk. Off for a vacation I suppose.
July 7 -- Still in the trunk.
July 20 -- Still in the trunk -- unmolested. Nearly everything else has been taken out.
July 25 -- Back home and in my old place. Quite a journey, but really I don't see why I was taken.
August 1 -- Very hot. Have the Sunday paper, two magazines, three novels, and some old clothes lying on me. Don't see why they don't take them off.
Sept. 1 -- Dusted and back in place.
Sept. 3 -- Used by William a few minutes. He was writing a letter to a friend, who had lost a loved one, and wanted a comforting verse.
Oct. 2 -- A neighbor dreamed a dream and having no Bible of her own, she came in and looked through me a few moments to see if she could find "And it came to pass."
Oct. 14 -- The pastor called, and wanted to read a chapter before prayer, but some way I was not in place and could not be found.
Oct. 30 -- Dusted and in my old place again.
This is how most of us treat the precious Word of God. We leave it sitting on the shelf or on the coffee table gathering dust until we may need it. We don’t magnify it. How can you magnify the Bible? Make it yours – apply it to your life – live it – breathe it – study it – memorize it – meditate on it.
First, you need to accept it as the Word of God. It is not just the words of some man – like those of Shakespeare or Milton – they are the very words of God. It is inerrant – “All thy commandments are faithful (Ps 119:86)” – “I esteem all thy precepts … to be right; and I hate every false way (Ps 119:128).” It is pure – “Thy word is very pure (Ps 119:140).” It is righteous – “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether (Ps 19:9).” Second, acknowledge the purpose of the Word of God. It is a cleansing agent – meant to cleanse your way – “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word (Ps 119:9).” Then, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand it – “Open thou mine eyes,that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law (Ps 119:18).” We must magnify the Word in our lives for out of it flow the issues of life. Christ Himself, quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, said in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” God’s words are important and must be treated so.
"Lord, Your Word is sure - your Word is true - your Word is life. Help us to delve into it with our whole being. Help us to magnify your Word. Amen."