1. Psalm 121:1-2 —- one of Andrew and Ben’s Favorites
This verse is just awesome. Let’s leave it at that!!! Its hard to think about this verse without visualizing looking up to heaven calling upon and praising the Lord as you’re surrounded by lush green rolling hills and mountains, and of the amazing creation around us. Ok, maybe thats just me, but it’ll be even harder for you not to as you look at the VersePic, as its pretty much everything I described to you and way, way more! Not even thinking about the amazing verse, this has got to be one of my absolute favorite VP’s in terms of sheer looks! And it definitely helps to have an amazingly encouraging verse on it too! It took me a while to finally put a different VP on my phone once I put this one on I can tell you. If you’d like to learn more about this verse, listen to Episode 46 of the Podcast, where Andrew and I got to sit down and just have tons of fun talking together about this verse and the whole of Psalms 121!
2. John 1:14 —- one of Andrew’s Favorites
Now, I don’t want to say too much about this verse, because Andrew did an amazing segment titled “Fear Not! For ye are as White as Snow!” featuring this verse, which just happens to be one of his absolute favorite verses! There is so much in this verse from the beginning of John, really just that whole chapter, that I’d encourage you to start thinking and meditating on it right away. Also, the picture for this VP goes right along with the segment in featuring some absolutely breathtaking macro photography of a snowflake, so if you want to know what thats all about, and what on earth snow has to do with this verse, go back and listen to Episode 52 of the podcast!
3. Jeremiah 1:7-8 —- one of Ben’s Favorites
God may be speaking Jeremiah there in the passage, but he really was speaking to me through that verse. I’m not that old, I mean, I haven’t gotten a degree from a seminary, or had any training in how to teach or preach, and for me, being able to show others truths from God’s Word is a huge deal. Often I tend to get a little discouraged by a feeling of total inadequacy. I mean, I’m just a teen! But then the Lord comes and gives me this verse, and reminds me that he put me here. He is the one directing my steps, and he is the one who is showing me and telling me what to say. I think this is a very important verse for all of us here on the podcast. God brought us together, and put us here, and we know it is his will for us to be doing this, and that he is providing and giving us the words to speak. If you feel that God is calling you to do something, either specifically, or generally with your life, I would encourage you to spend time thinking about this verse. God says “I will never leave you nor forsake you”, and we need to just simply step out in faith and trust him to lead the way!
4. Isaiah 55:8-9 —- one of Andrew’s Favorites
I don’t think is hard to see why Andrew picked this VersePic as another of his favorites! These verse, really that whole passage is just so profound. I think sometimes, we really need step back and realize just who our God is! He is the CREATOR of all! With mere words, he spoke the universe into existence, and for those of you who know and have studied science, even the teeniest piece of the creation is an intrinsically complex and beautiful thing that does its job so well! We have a God so big and so powerful he’s everywhere at once, and yet knows how many hairs are on each individual in the entire world, and yet, that same God, who is so perfect, and so holy, saw me a sinner, and loved me. I can’t explain it! Why that God should love me, and love me with such a love amazing and divine as to even think of coming to earth and dying on a cross, in the most painful way possible so that I could live with him each day? I can’t understand that. There is just so much here that we could never be finished, but if you’d like to hear more about this verse, listen to Episode 34 of the Podcast where I took a deeper look at all of this.
5. Psalm 51:7, 10 —- one of Ben’s Favorites
Oh this verse… This is a verse that means so much to me, because so often this is me. I’m a sinner. I’m a sinner saved through God’s infinite grace and mercy that I will probably never understand, but even though my sins have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb, I still sin, and daily I need to come before his throne knowing that there is nothing that I could ever do to save myself from hell, recognizing that my good, the best that I can do is as the putrid rags taken from a leper’s bleeding, festering wound, and that’s my just my righteousness before God! Without God’s forgiveness I don’t know where I’d be today, but I know where I’d be headed. When I sin, I need to cry out to him with this verse: Cleanse me, wash me in the blood of your son that was shed on the cross. Lord, though my sins stain my life as crimson, make me white as snow. Create in me a clean heart, renew a right spirit within me, give me a heart that delights in you, and will abstain from sin.
I can’t look at this verse without thinking of the countless times I’ve fallen and I couldn’t get up, and the countless times God reached down from heaven and set me on my feet once more. The countless times I’ve failed, and he’s forgiven. Thank God for his mercy to us! When was the last time you earnestly and humbly came before his throne praising him for his love? I know I need to do it so much more than I do!
I think you know by now I love these verses, and this VP is very special to me, and with a picture that is just as absolutely breathtaking and beautiful as this verse is, its no small wonder this is one of my favorites. I would encourage you, think about what the Lord has done for you. Use this VersePic as a reminder this week to praise the Lord for his infinite mercies, and to rethink about what Romans 12:1 says:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”