Friday, August 5, 2011

A blessing.....


book 12Today's post is a somewhat random mix of thoughts.... I wanted to share a sermon on repentance that was helpful to me, but I also liked it because it contained a story of a woman who hid the Psalms in her heart. You all know I love the Psalms, and love references to those who have memorized, or hidden them in their heart. I know it has been a blessing for me, and I enjoy hearing about others who have been helped the same way.

This story was about princess Charlotte Elizabeth, sister in law to King Louis XIV of France. Brought up Protestant but forced to marry a Roman Catholic, she still remembered and sang the Psalms she was taught as a child. One day while out walking she was singing a Psalm when a painter who was at work on a scaffolding came down hurriedly and threw himself at her feet, saying with gratitude: "Is it possible, Madame, that you still remember our Psalms? " The painter was a reformer.

I'm also remembering this post I shared a few months ago:
"I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night watches.." Since last winter she'd consumed the Psalms and fed on them till the words had become her daily bread, feeding her soul, nourishing her mind. When the family Bible was out of reach, or the firelight dim, she could draw upon His holy truth buried inside of her.
The words came swiftly, silently, yet surely.
"My soul followeth hard after Thee.." Her heart stirred at the thought. The Lord had led her here...of that she was certain. Now came the harder task: resting in the knowledge that He'd brought her here for some good purpose.
"Thy right hand upholdeth me.." If the Almighty supported her, might she not support others?"
(from Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs)

I don't know about you, but these stories make me thankful to have the Bible at my fingertips - especially today we have so much, Bibles, online Bibles, so many commentaries and good books available online for free, plus of course the ability to memorize like the women above did. I'm also remembering another sermon I heard recently on keeping the heart where we were reminded that knowing God's word and keeping it in our minds and hearts is one important way we do that. It's a blessing that I don't want to take for granted.


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1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful story about Charlotte Elizabeth. I never heard it before.

    We take so much for granted, including our access to Bibles of many translations. We need to hide His Word in our hearts because we never know when we'll be called to "such a time as this."

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