I became a Christian at age 33. Before that, I had read scripture passages but never read the Bible or studied it. When I came to know the Lord, I could not get enough of God’s word. I was so thirsty! 33 years is a long time to go without Living Water! As I was reading through the Bible I read a verse from Psalms that said, “As the deer pants after water brooks, so my soul pants after you, O Lord”. I knew exactly how that deer felt. This verse so described how I longed for my inner thirst for the Lord to be quenched just like that deer panted for water! During those first years of learning about God, my thirst seemed unquenchable! And Psalm 42:1 became my first LIFE VERSE.
A life verse is a verse from the Bible that speaks to you in a very special way. It seems as if it were put in God’s word just for you! There is usually a reason for why it so resonates with your soul and spirit and you probably have a story connected to it.
Even though you may know hundreds of bible verses this is the one that sums up something about God and you. How extraordinary!
When my son was little boy I would try to describe to him just how much I loved him every night as I was tucking him into bed. I would tell him I loved him more than “this” as I stretched out my arms wide. Or I would tell him I loved him more than all the stars in the sky or all the trucks in the world. Every night I compared my love for him to something new.
One night as I was tucking him into bed I told him I loved him more than all the “dirt” in the world. He loved that! As a little boy who could find a whole lot of dirt this resonated with him!
Another time I told him I loved him more than all the “electrons” in the world… and this description became another favorite! So, I would say… “I love you more than all the dirt and all the electrons in the whole world” and Christopher would have a glimpse of just how much I loved him! When I wrote him little notes I would sign them “Love… and dirt… and electrons, Mom”.
It became so understood between us that all I would have to say or write was “DIRT” and he would know just what this world meant. It created a bond between us. Funny that such an odd word was so special!
A life verse is like that. It hits you right in your heart. Others don’t understand it the way you do! A life verse is between you and God.
I think having a life verse is such a wonderful idea. It gives us an intimate closeness to our great Father! We can hold this verse close and feel God near.
My life verse has changed from the one I clung on to decades ago. Oh, I still love Psalm 42:1 just like I did when I first read that passage. And I still feel so thirsty for God’s word in my life.
But as I matured as a Christian I found a verse that is truly the cry of my heart.
MAY YOU BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WILL IN ALL SPIRITUAL WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, SO THAT YOU MAY WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE LORD TO PLEASE HIM IN ALL RESPECTS, BEARING FRUIT IN EVERY GOOD WORK AND INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
Do you have a life verse? I’d love you to share it here! And if you don’t, why don’t you pray for one? You will know when you find it. It’s like God whispering in your ear and you hearing it in the center of your heart!
Today’s memorization verse:
Your life verse!