Did you know that it is God’s command that we memorize scripture?
Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. Deuteronomy 11:18
I wish I could say that I am very diligent in memorizing the Word. But I must confess that I have slacked off lately in my efforts. After all, it is work to memorize anything.
And sometimes, if you’re like me, it’s tempting to think that the work isn’t worth it. But that’s just not true.
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In fact, God tells us in our reading this week that keeping His Words within us will be “a pleasant thing” for us. In other words, memorizing scripture will be worth the effort.
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them [God’s words] within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. Proverbs 22:18
If I will memorize and meditate on God’s Words within my heart, they will be “a pleasant thing” …giving peace, comfort, calm, and joy to my soul.
Another very motivating reason to make the effort to memorize scripture is that…
When we have God’s Word in us, the Holy Spirit has something to work with. He can bring to remembrance just the right scripture at just the right time. This is how God speaks. This is how He guides us.Stand Firm, “Listening to God”, April 22, 2011
Here at Ladies Drawing Nigh our goal is to H.E.A.R. God. We want to be able to listen as we read God’s Word…and hear Him speak to us what He has for us each day. And in so doing draw nigh, draw closer in fellowship with our God and Saviour.
But have you ever heard God when you weren’t reading His Word?
You didn’t have a Bible in your lap. You weren’t trying to think of Bible verses.
But God spoke! And you knew it was His voice.
And it was a beautiful, awe-inspiring moment!
Well, God spoke to me in just such a way many years ago…as I was literally crying out to Him in prayer, desperately needing His comfort and guidance. And God helped me in a very real way to make the right choice.
I love to remember that moment. And I don’t share about it lightly. It is such a precious memory.
God is so real!
As I was crying out to God that day, I wasn’t trying to remember any scriptures to help me. But suddenly a verse I had tried to commit to memory when reading in the Psalms a couple of months prior (and had not reviewed since) played across my mind…as on a marquee.
The verse? The first part of Psalm 18:30 —
As for God, his way is perfect:
It was as though God placed those words in my mind and heart. And I knew it was He…God speaking to me!
I had just prayed asking God if I couldn’t just do what I thought I needed to in my situation, and then go back to doing things the way that He had recently shown me was His way.
So, you can see this verse God spoke to me was a direct answer to my specific prayer. His answer?…
And I knew that I couldn’t go back to my way…even for this one time.
I committed again to do things God’s way—God’s perfect way.
And within thirty minutes God had worked everything out! It was truly amazing!
God is truly amazing!
Looking back, I can see that this was a pivotal moment in my walk with God, in my surrender to God, especially in the area of my marriage. And the beginning of many more wonderful answers to prayer for my husband, myself, and our marriage.
But what if I had not taken the time and spent the effort to hide that verse in my heart?
I would have missed an amazing experience of God’s presence. And power. And care for me.
I am so glad that I had taken the time to hide that verse within my heart.
God is so good and wants to bless us beyond what we could ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20) But sometimes we limit God by our lack of concern for the things He requires of us…such as memorizing His Word. (Deuteronomy 11:18)
How faithful are you to spend time memorizing scripture?
Do you know enough of God’s Word by heart that He would be able to speak to you? To guide you? To comfort you? Just when you need Him most?
Let me encourage you to print the LDN memory verses provided each week for the study of Proverbs. And commit to spending a few minutes reading the verses over and over again throughout your day. At red lights, in waiting rooms, drive thru lines, school pick-up lanes, or as you brush your teeth, cook supper, etc.
Make a commitment to memorize at least one verse a week. Maybe even all five verses!
One day you may be just as glad you did…as I was…the day God spoke to me!
Drawing nigh to Him,
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT
Do you have an experience, that is special to you, of hearing God speak to you His Word? Please share in the Comments below.
Are you actively memorizing scripture? If so, what verses? If not, why not make the commitment and share it with us as a way to keep you accountable to that decision.
I’ll start—I am making the commitment to get back to memorizing 1 Peter chapter 3 and reviewing verses/chapters I’ve previously memorized. I will also memorize at least one LDN verse per week, but repeatedly read all five verses daily.
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