Living in the Light of God’s Word
Scripture Reading — Psalm 119:9-16, 105
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. — Psalm 119:105
As a new believer, I learned from mentors that Scripture memorization is vital to following Jesus: "I have hidden your word in my heart." Memorizing helps with internalizing God's Word. I also learned that memorizing Scripture requires discipline.
Psalm 119:105 is the first verse I learned. The Word in our hearts enlightens and enlivens life. God's Word is "alive and active" (Hebrews 4:12) and "God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16). The Word in our hearts also gets into our heads, affecting our thoughts, words, and actions.
As a young naval officer, I had to memorize procedures for navigating our ship, firing its guns, and dealing with emergencies. By knowing procedures by heart, I didn't need written instructions in urgent situations. Scripture serves a similar purpose. I know I am to love God, my neighbor, my wife and family, and even my enemies. When I'm tempted to be unloving, the Spirit often brings to mind a fitting word of Scripture to resist the wrong.
The Word in my heart reveals that Christ in me is my "hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27). The Spirit who inspired the writing of the Word uses Scriptures I've learned to make me more like Christ.
Practice the spiritual discipline of memorizing Scripture so that you can live in the light of God's Word.
Father, give me the discipline to get your Word into my head, heart, and soul so that by its light I can live. In your name, O Lord, Amen.