Continuing on with our series based primarily on Exodus 20, Teaching the Ten Commandments for kids and grandkids, it's time for the second commandment. I decided to add a favorite "shortie" Bible command – worship God – to our Bible memorization plan. It's one I've taught my grandkids before and I love using two or three encouraging Bible verses together when they complement each other, which this definitely does.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. Exodus 20:4-6
Worship God. Revelation 22:9
Aren't those great together? Not only that. This morning I was reading Psalm 100 in the New International Version (NIV) and loved verse two to go along with this as well
Worship the LORD with gladness.
Combining all three of these inspirational Scriptures gives us the opportunity to talk about how important it is to not just SAY we love God, but to do so with a heart attitude that means it. Another passage I love, that my grandkids have heard often from me, is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus
I'll definitely be reminding them of that as well when we talk about the ten commandments this week.
I have to share with you that I was so encouraged this past week. My grandkids made a couple of comments that reminded me just how much of an impact memorizing these encouraging Bible verses can have in their hearts, minds, and lives! Among other things, one grandson shared how he sings songs he makes up from the Bible verses he's learned to help him not be scared! That was definitely a big blessing to my heart!
It can be too easy for us to let the everyday busy-ness of life keep us from making this a top priority – from doing laundry to cleaning house to outside work projects to settling squabbles and more. Add to all that everything else involved in raising children or babysitting grandchildren, along with the duties of caring for elderly parents and it just makes life that much busier. It's so easy for Bible story teaching and Bible memory verses to be moved down the to do list. And trust me, I can forget that just as much as anyone else. But after hearing their sweet comments this past week, I'm redoubling my efforts to keep it right on the top of my granny nanny to do list! How about you?