MARK YOUR BIBLE
This is a practice I would strongly urge on every lover of the Word of God. However you may have cause to lament the seemingly little present profit that you derive from its perusal, unless tested by proof and experience, you can have but a very imperfect idea of how a note, a word, a date, a place, an under-scoring, or a marginal dot or mark may operate afterwards. By such simple means, under the power of the Holy Spirit as the Remembrancer, in times and circumstances, temptation or trials, dangers and deliverances, they will, before you are aware, revive old associations, impart fresh courage, strengthen faith, and cause you to go on your way with the renewed testimony, “He hath delivered, He doth deliver, and in whom I trust that He will yet deliver.”
I have been led into this train of thought by the following simple facts. I had passed a most anxious night. Sleep was withheld from me. My head was exceedingly bad. The wrestlings at the throne of grace were most ardent and intense. Soon after I had arisen, I turned to the sacred Word, and read the whole of the Second Epistle to Timothy, but with little power or present application. Afterwards I turned casually to the thirty-seventh Psalm, in the margin of two or three verses of which I had noted down a date thirty-four years before, with certain initials. Instantly, a whole train of circumstances was brought vividly to remembrance, and with it such a sense of the Lord’s then upholding and delivering hand, and of His later goodness, love, mercy, tenderness, and compassion, as well as His divine faithfulness and divine sufficiency, that my soul was at once brought under the most mellowing, grateful influence and power. The contrast with my previous condition was past description. It was a season of sweetness, and attended with the plea, the hope, the simple, child-like trust and confidence, that
He who had helped me hitherto
Would help me all my journey through,
And give me daily cause to raise
Fresh Ebenezers to His praise.
Now all this, under God, was to be ascribed to a marked Bible.