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STORING GOD’S WORD IN YOUR HEART 

 

Okay, you’ve probably thought about it once or twice, but I bet you’ve asked yourself what it means and the big twinkie, how to do it.  First of all, what does it mean . . . ?

 

Storing God’s Word -- Scriptures exhort, plead, and command us to store up God’s Word, namely in our hearts and minds.  The two are not mutually exclusive by the way.  Inherent within this desire to store up His Word is the deep recognition of our desperate, radical need for God.  This must be the prime motivation or else your conviction, or your heart to do so, fades fast and becomes fickle.  God wants all of our heart, not just part of it.  Now that we know what the motivation is, let’s take a brief look at some passages that shed some light on the subject.

 

Some words from Mark Littleton:  “The Shema of Israel, from Deuteronomy 6, was the first Scriptural passage a Jew memorized.  He repeated it every time he went into his house, into the temple, and into worship.  In it God said, ‘These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up’ (Deut. 6:6-7).  God’s words were to lodge securely in the heart, never to be excised.  A father who placed them in his heart would so overflow with their truth and goodness that he’d be teaching his sons everywhere he went.  That was the idea.  But few Christians do it.  Again, God spoke to Joshua and warned him, ‘Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful’ (Joshua 1:8).”

 

And finally, the Psalmist asks, “How can a young man keep his way pure, by guarding it according to thy word.  I have laid up thy word in my heart that I might not sin against thee” (Psalms 119:9,11).

 

There are two ways a Scripture passage can become firmly fixed in your mind and heart.  Reading the same passage of Scripture over and over again sometimes ingrains them on our brain.  You’ve literally read it over so many times, you could repeat it back verbatim.  Or, plain and simple, after reading the passage, you decide to commit it to memory.  Either way, the Holy Spirit has taught your heart something from God’s Holy, inerrant Word and has prompted you to store up this truth which leads to another thing the  Scriptures command us to do.

 

We are commanded to meditate upon the Word.  To mull it over, think about it, ponder, reflect, even digest it.  You can bet your bippy that the Holy Spirit will continue to teach you and counsel your heart if you’ve had the brains and the gumption to put something there.  It’s mighty hard, and I dare say impossible, to meditate upon God’s Word if it isn’t firmly planted in your mind.  It’s like trying to drive without spark plugs or gas.  They are inconstruably and inextricably linked together.

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