My rehab room at the hospital has a TV with an array of cable channels and one channel set up round the clock to play worship music, with pictures of nature, and an occasional scripture verse or song lyric. For a number of days there, when I was in the worst way, I had it on all the time, mostly with the sound off. That was because the music got a little sappy after a while, but what touched me deeply was every time the word of God came on the screen. What a treasure! What a powerful reality! What an amazing thing that we have access to the very words of God! It was pretty cool that someone else picked out what passage would be on my screen, and it just showed up in my room and blew me away every time.
I also couldn’t help but notice the inability of human expression to reach the depth of the word of God. For instance, there was one worship lyric that went, “Jesus loved away my sin.” It’s a nice sentiment, I suppose, and it’s true in a limited sense, but then came this: “The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.” No comparison. One’s soft and mushy, the other sticks for eternity. That’s not to say there isn’t a place for human expression of God’s love and forgiveness. I’ve written lots of that myself. It’s just that a steady diet of that without the word of God will not sustain you.
I wonder how much our relationship to the word of God has changed since the digital age. The only physical Bible I have in my possession is a New King James Version I got at Walmart the night before a recent trip so I could have something to take to the podium with me and refer to when I spoke. And even then, the words were printed on an overhead screen. My current Bible is BibleGateway. That’s a long way from the marked up NASB with a leather cover and snaps that I wouldn’t be caught dead without in 1971.
I wonder how important a physical Bible is. Is a phone app just as good? Love to have your comments on this. I used to read to Chandler from a Bible I packed with his stuff when we sent him away to Wyoming. Since they have no access to Internet, it’s been a lifeline to him. I’ve never thought about this before, but he’s going to have a little old school in his appreciation of the word of God coming to him via pages he is learning to read.
The main thing is: however you get it, get the word of God into your life. Put it where you can see it often. We’re not going to get very far without it.
Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. (Psalm 199:11)