“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, NKJV).
Though revival in our times will only come by the grace of God according to His good pleasure, I do not believe that the local church will see it unless there is a humble and submissive unity in both public and private worship. Some of the tools that we are attempting to make available to facilitate a more effectual worship of God through His Word is A Puritan Family Devotional in its various translation, as well as hymnals and psalters for home use. An excerpt from Chapter 8 of A Puritan Family Devotional may explain it much better:
“Remember that the use of the catechism and the confession of faith are merely tools; moreover, they are tools primarily for the parents rather than the children. Certainly, the reading of a creed and the recitation of the catechism will benefit your children with the Biblical doctrines that the creed and catechism have systematized, categorized, and described; nevertheless, these tools are for parents so that the creed and catechism are frontlets for your eyes; so that the Word of God is ever before your face, being first upon your mind and foremost upon your heart; and thus, sweetness to your soul. Then, shall your spouse see the love of God in her husband’s life. Then, shall your children see the love of God in their father’s life.”
But it is not only for the parents of children, or for the husbands unto wives, but is also for every individual. We are to feed on God’s Word and seek to be sanctified by its truth or we will be of no benefit to others in our desire to glorify God in the cause of Christ.
Our devotional contains Charles Spurgeon’s A Puritan Catechism, Robert Murray McCheyne’s Daily Bread, the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith (in modern English), and selected hymns and psalms (from the Scottish Psalter) for use in personal and family devotions.