Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Forever. Psalm 23:6 (NKJV)
Speaking of weddings (see yesterday’s post), a missionary once gave me a great idea for couples to count down to their wedding days. The way this great idea came to me was truly another God-incidence.
After graduating from college in December many years ago, I traveled to Colorado to work at a YMCA camp. While there, I sent out applications to various missionary organizations, wondering where God wanted me to be. Many of the missionary organizations didn’t want me because I hadn’t been to Bible college. However, by March I had a few phone calls. I remember taking one phone call in the back of the camp kitchen, with sounds of pots and pans banging in the background. This mission was interested me! But now I wasn’t interested in them. I had met my future husband Kent and we were starting to make plans to get married. The fellow on the phone was so kind. He didn’t tell me not to get married, or that I had to come serve his mission, instead he told me this neat idea:
As a countdown to the wedding, read one Psalm together each day, starting with Psalm 150 and working backwards. Like a child counting the days to Christmas, counting down the Psalms helps us to number our days. Sharing God’s Word together daily is such a blessed way to begin a marriage. And if you have to be apart during those 150 days, you can still read the same Psalm, knowing your fiance is also reading it that day.
This Psalm countdown could be used in anticipation of special anniversaries and celebrations, as well. How about counting down to your next big anniversary with your husband? Let God’s Word in the Psalms wash over your souls and knit you together forever.
Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3 (NKJV)