The study of the nature of God and God’s relation to the world
A command to praise God
“From a biblical standpoint studying and thinking and knowing are never ends in themselves; they always stand in the service of feeling and willing and doing. The mind is the servant of the heart. Knowledge exists for the sake of love. And all theology worth its salt produces doxology.” –John Piper
I am not a biblical scholar. In fact, I am probably the farthest you can get from that category of persons who deeply study the Scriptures and include in that study an understanding of the original Hebrew and Greek language used in Old and New Testament passages. I can’t give you the definition of commonly used theological terms, nor can I give you a list of positions biblical scholars take on commonly controversial sections of Scripture. I have a hard time just remembering the references for many Bible passages I’ve read many times!
What I am, however, is a believer whose life has been transformed by the power of the Word of God, namely in the person of Jesus Christ. I know what it is like to live in a pit of despair and hopelessness without Him, and what it is to know the incredible joy of His redeeming love and forgiveness. I can’t imagine living without Him. I don’t want to…ever.
What I’ve come to realize, even without being a biblical scholar is that the more I learn about God, the more enthralled I am with Him. The more I meditate on Christ’s wondrous love for me, pouring out His great mercy on me, the more I am astounded by the depth and height of it. Even in the midst of deep sadness and great hardship (both of which were recurring themes in my life the last several years), I find that the wellspring of God’s kindness and the riches of His grace are sweeter to me than a life of ease and pleasure without them.
When we take the time to drink in all that God has revealed to us about Himself—our active engagement in theology—it leads to a life of informed, gratefulness and praise—our active expression of doxology (I think my precise use of the words might be off just slightly here, but I hope you get the idea)!
Each new year I purpose to know God more, to sit and ponder the truth of His Word, the Scriptures more (how hard it is to do this, busy moms that we are!), and to let the reality of who Christ is sink into my mind and my heart and let it change me by the power of God’s Spirit.
To help do this, here are just a few wonderful truths to meditate on, moms:
“Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee.” –Psalm 63:3
“Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” –Psalm 54
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for one he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the LORD has promised to those who love Him.” –James 1:2
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness towards those who fear Him.” –Psalm 103:11
“The eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” –II Chronicles 16:9
“O LORD God of hosts, who is like Thee, O mighty LORD? Thy faithfulness also surrounds Thee.” Psalm 89:8
“For I proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God; He is the Rock. His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.” –Deuteronomy 32:3-4
It is my daily prayer that my children see me studying the greatness of God and responding with whole-hearted abandon and worship…and then want that for themselves. This would be my greatest reward and highest joy as a homeschooling mom.
There’s no place like home,