I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.... I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
(Psalm 119:11, 15-16)
Knowing God's Word helps us
...when difficult times come,
...when sin threatens to overwhelm us,
...when others question our faith, and
...when we want to share with others.
I am so thankful for the ability to search for scripture on my phone, tablet, or laptop. However, sometimes we lose our phones, have dead batteries in our tablets, and leave our laptops home.
Sometimes we need a verse to use immediately, and even the delay of a minute to look it up may cause the momentary need to pass. I don't want to miss those opportunities.
We should be ready with God's Word when we need it. Although technology helps, it is not always reliable or available. The best way to keep our minds focused on God and to be prepared to use scripture is to commit it to memory.
Choose a favorite.
Review some you already know.
Enlist a memory buddy.
Use an app.
Make it a priority.
I’ve been awake since 3:00 am. While that is not unusual for me, it is frustrating and has the potential to put me in a bad mood for the rest of the day. This morning I finally gave up trying to go back to sleep and rolled out of bed at 4:50 am. I quietly slipped on some clothes and left the house.
There is nothing quite like a walk in the early morning hours before anyone else is out and about. It is so peaceful. As I watched the fog grow out of the creek behind out house and listened as the birds woke and greeted one another, I praised God for his blessings. My prayers were disjointed and sporadic as I walked this morning, the fog in my mind mirroring the fog rising above the trees. However, I just can’t help but talk with God as I walk.
I came home and pulled out my Bible, looking for verses about getting up early to pray, but the one that jumped out to me wasn’t exactly about rising early or prayer. Instead I found: “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.” (Psalm 113:3) I may have praised God in the early morning, but His word reminds me to praise him from the moment I rise in the morning to the moment I fall asleep at night and wherever I am during that time.
Although I am still tired and frustrated from lack of sleep, I will resist the potential bad mood by praising the God who greeted me with a beautiful morning and try to remember to praise Him for the rest of the day, wherever I am.
“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.” (Psalm 113:3)