If you know me, then you know that I enjoy writing out whole books of the Bible by hand. Writing out the Bible goes hand-in-hand with reading and studying it. But did you know that Bible writing can lead to praise and worship? It is more than simply copying out words, much more! Let’s talk about that today, how you can enjoy the presence of God as you write out the Bible by hand.
Two Main Bible Writing Methods
Topical Scripture Writing
When I first heard about writing out Scriptures, it was through another blogger, Angela, who offered monthly themes or topics for handwriting the Bible. I quickly signed up and participated in several of her writing challenges.
Her latest challenge is writing out verses concerning The Gospel. Though this is a broad subject, her writing plan is designed to follow Philip’s lead in Acts 8 and in Isaiah 53.
What I like about Angela’s challenges is that she provides her readers with the PDF file right in the blog. How awesome is that?! You can check out her blog site at The Diligent Woman to see what else she offers.
Whole Book Writing
The other method you could try is writing out whole books of the Bible. Actually, this practice is following God’s instructions to the kings. For each new king, they were commanded to write out the entire Book of the Law, that is, the first five books of the Bible.
Deuteronomy 17:18-20 explains the what and why of this command.
“Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel. (Emphasis is mine.)
So, based on this verse alone, it seems good to me that believers can renew this practice of handwriting the Bible, book by book.
That seems like such a daunting task though, right? Some women might start at the beginning, in Genesis, or, maybe, the first book of the New Testament. Whichever book you choose is fine, as long as you do it!
Here’s a recent post called Can writing out the Bible help your faith? I’ll answer that question for you…yes, Bible writing can definitely help grow your understanding of God’s Word!
The Power of Community
If you would like to join in with other women who love the act of writing out whole books of the Bible, you’re welcome to join us in my Facebook group called Deeper in God Bible Studies.
We do two things in this group:
- write out whole books of the Bible and
- then we study them as well.
So, find the method that works for you, either topical writing challenges or whole book writing plans. And if you want to be a part of our online community, we’d love to have you join us!
Now, let’s talk about how praise and worship fits into handwriting the Bible.
Worship and Writing the Bible
You may think this is not possible, that you could worship God through writing out the Bible by hand. But it is true, at least for me, it is.
You see, when you read the Bible, if you are rushing through to read everything quickly, you often miss the nuggets of truth that God wants you to notice. Slow down your reading, take your time.
When you are writing out the Scriptures, you are slowing down to read the words so you can transcribe them to paper. It’s at this point that you notice the details.
And this is when you may do a few things:
- you may tear up with tears of joy and gratitude
- words of thanksgiving may bubble up from deep inside
- you may be surprised that you missed that verse before
- your faith will rise
- understanding will increase
- discernment will kick in
- you will sense the presence of God as your heart is sensitive to Him
- songs of praise may erupt from within
- if you have a heavenly language, those heavenly words may bubble forth in praise
- worship, true worship, may spring up!
What to Say in Writing and Worship
Let’s look at the book of Ephesians together. This will may you figure out what to say during worship.
Almost right away, you can see the reasons to worship God. Remember, that at this point, we are not studying the Word, we are simply reading and transcribing to have a handwritten Bible.
By the way, some of the women in my study group have said they are passing down their handwritten Bibles to their grandchildren. Isn’t that an awesome idea?
Worship through Thanksgiving
As you are reading Ephesians 1:3, what do you read?
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
We have just read one reason to give thanks to God. God has blessed you with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ!
Do you know what that means? Think about the magnitude of that statement. Definitely, this is something to express thanksgiving for!
Let’s keep going with Ephesians 1:4,
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.
I don’t know about you, but wow! The magnitude of what this says about you is mind-blowing!
- you are chosen in Christ Jesus before the world was formed
- you are chosen for the purpose of living and being holy and blameless before God!
This verse tells you that you have a purpose for being here.
If you still have questions about your purpose in life, my friend, Melissa, has written two very good posts about “purpose” that I would love for you to check out.
You can check out her other posts at Cups to Crowns where she writes to encourage Christian women from all walks of life!
Worship through Expressing Your Love
Let’s not stop here, Ephesians 1:5 continues with,
In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
You weren’t an afterthought. You are not a mistake. These verses assure you that you were thought of before the beginning of time. You were meant to be adopted into the family of God.
Tears of joy begin to form as you continue with thanksgiving to God who knew you, formed you, planned you, and loves you. You may even express your love to God now!
Thanksgiving and love are good things to say during worship.
You can keep going through this book as you write out Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and mingle your writing with worship.
Worship through Adoration
Let’s take a look at the book of Revelations now. We’re going to focus on one chapter, Revelation 4:1-11.
John, the writer, presents an amazing scene, a word-picture of what was behind the open door, Revelation 4:1. As you read and transcribe these words, I want you to do another exercise as well. This exercise will take you to a place of worship like never before.
On a blank sheet of paper and with various colour pencils, I want you to draw out the scene that John describes, verse by verse.
Begin with drawing out the square to represent the throne room. Then, as you read each verse, add that element in the verse to your throne room drawing. Even if your drawing ability is like mine, a stick people rendition will still give you a huge impact!
When you get to verse 8, now peek over at Isaiah 6:2 and read it before continuing to finish the rest of Revelation 4:1-11.
Have you just visited the throne room for yourself in praise, adoration, and worship to Almighty God? Can you now see that there are many things to say during worship?
Using the ACTS Prayer in Worship
This whole experience of writing out the Word shows us the power of praise and worship scriptures.
God’s Word is powerful and isn’t meant to be read flippantly. In fact, r
This leads to worshipping God through Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. This is otherwise known as the ACTS Prayer Model. You may also enjoy this PDF file giving you a compilation of verses to use as you pray according to the ACTS Method.
We’ve seen from the above section on Worship through Adoration, how you can express your adoration to God for His holiness. Even as I write this post, I tear up as I am overwhelmed with love for God. Do you get that way, too?
We’ve also seen how we can worship God with Thanksgiving, but what about Confession?
Worship through Confession
By default, what do you think about when you hear the word “confession?” Confessing your sins and wrongdoings, right?
Well, yes, we definitely need to confess and repent of our sins. No doubt about that! And as Holy Spirit brings to mind specific sins for you to repent of, you definitely need to do that.
However, have you ever considered this term of confession: “
YES! Oh, yes! Let heaven hear, let the earth know and things under the earth know that you are confessing that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords!
As you read through your Bible, you will see verses that you can use to confess the glory of God.
If you were writing out the book of Romans, in Romans 10:9, it basically says when you confess with your words that Jesus is Lord you will be saved. This is another reason to express worship as you are writing out the Bible.
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
If you’re still not sure about why we should handwrite the Bible, this linked post will help answer that question.
Once you decide to start writing out the Bible for yourself, I know that you will begin to
- grow in your Bible knowledge and understanding
- praise and worship God for who He is and what He has done for you.
Summary of Bible Writing and Worship
So, now you have the full picture. When you are writing out the Bible by hand, no matter what book you are writing, there are bound to be verses or portions of text that will cause you to express
- adoration and love
- confession of either your sins or that Jesus is above all
- thanksgiving and gratitude
Adapting the ACTS Prayer Model: A Simple Prayer Routine in your time of handwriting the Bible is a wonderful way of expressing praise and worship to God. You can grab the free PDF for the ACTS Prayer Model right here.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Have you ever experienced times of praise and worship during your Bible writing times?
Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
You can stay in touch with Cindy on Facebook through Women’s Tabletop Friendship.