Proverbs 4:20-22 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Jeremiah 15:16 says “When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight.” Psalm 19:9-10 tells us that the laws of the Lord are “sweeter than honey!” In Job 29:23 the Lord says “They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.” The picture of eating and drinking is so powerful! It really gets to the heart of what we are supposed to do. Memorizing verses and passages of scripture gets the Word into our spirit and soul, feeding us and bringing us life! Most of us cannot imagine a day going by without eating and drinking our fill of food, so why do we let a lifetime go by without feeding our soul and our spirit?
My prayer is that you will make a commitment for the next few weeks to memorize the verses we are learning.
Memorization does not come easily for everyone. You might have to work at it. But as I tell my children all the time, anything worth having is hard to get! My dad reads and rereads a passage until he finds himself reciting the Words without looking. My sister-in- law writes verses on a card and tapes it to her mirror. Then every time she brushes her teeth or combs her hair, she reads them over. I write cards and keep them in my bag. If I have a few minutes waiting in line at the grocery store or sitting in a waiting room at the dentist office, I can pull them out and work on them. Whatever it takes! And isn’t that what our attitude should be? That we will do this “whatever it takes!” We know it is worth it! It brings life!
One last thought. The phrase, “I know it by heart,” is one that you may have heard or even said before when referring to something you’ve memorized. It comes from the ancient Greeks who believed that the heart was where thoughts were held and decisions were made. While we now know this is not scientifically true, does it not have some truth in it? After all, our heart is where we want to “hide God’s Word!” (Psalm 119:11) Should we not learn His Word by heart? It is health to our flesh!
Take the time to journal the verses that apply to your situation. Then copy the verses to note cards and place them by your bed, on your fridge, in your wallet, on your mirror - somewhere that you will see them frequently. Commit to memorize, meditate on, and confess them, even placing their importance over your next meal. Ask your friends and family to hold you accountable. Pray for the grace to hide these words in your heart.
Thank you for your words that give life. I commit that I will "devour" Your words and keep them in my eyes and in my heart. Please give me the ability to read, study, and memorize your words. I confess in faith that, “I have found Your words and they bring health to my body.”