31,373. That’s how many verses are in the Bible. That is a lot to read, understand and follow! But through my many years of reading, memorizing and learning from God’s Word, I have come up with a few favorites! (Well, actually A LOT of favorites, but I’m only sharing four today). Please feel free to reply with one of your favorites!
Over 25 years ago, my college choir, Point Loma Singers, sang an anthem by Eugene Butler titled, “God Is Our Refuge.” It was a glorious rhythmic song accompanied by a trumpet duet. The verse upon which this song is based has stuck with me ever since.
Psalm 46:1 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.”
I have “given” this verse to numerous people over the years to encourage them in the midst of crisis and hardship. There is One we can rely on, who is always faithful and will help us in our time of need.
Another favorite is Psalm 37:24, which speaks of the righteous person – the one is following God: “though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” Ever since I memorized this chapter during a summer mission trip to Tasmania, I have especially loved that verse. Along the way, I turned it into a song called,”God’s Hands,” which reminds us that the same hands that formed the universe, that healed the sick, that were pierced with the cruel nails – those are the same hands that hold us in times of trial, confusion and hopelessness.
This next verse still astounds me every time I read it. Paul said, in I Corinthians 11:1, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” A newer translation says, “And you should follow my example, just as I follow Christ’s.”
Paul had the audacity to suggest that since he was so closely following Christ, they should follow HIS example and they would be doing what Jesus wants them to do. That’s impressive – to be so confident in your walk with Christ and the exemplary life you are leading, that you can tell others to follow you. That is something to aspire to!
There are so many more wonderful, inspiring verses but I will close end with Colossians 1:10. Paul is sharing his prayers and hopes for the people in the church at Colossae, an ancient city in Asia Minor. He prays…” that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God”.
This verse gives us what my friend, Owen, used to call, “a good challenge.” May those of us who claim Jesus as Lord strive to live up to this verse – to walk worthy of His name, to fully please Him, to be fruitful in kindness and goodness, and to continuously grow in our understanding of God! Whew! That is a tall order, but if we could just follow this single verse, imagine how our homes and communities could change!!!
God’s Word is the best-selling book of all time…something about it attracts people of every age, gender and walk of life. If you have some favorites, won’t you share them? If not, you might enjoy checking out 100 Bible Promises to discover your own special verse. God bless!