Proverbs 4:21 (MSG)
Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart!
I love this clear directive to memorize scripture! In today's informational world, it is so easy to get overwhelmed with the influx of material. The computer has allowed us to have instant access to just about every interest our heart would desire. With all of that stimulus at our finger tips, why would we need to take the time to commit to memory the verses of the Bible. I mean, if I need them I can just look them up...right?
This verse doesn't mention anything about grabbing my Bible on computer and searching for a scripture. It says to concentrate and learn it by heart! I'm not a theologian, but I think I know why we need to have it in our hearts. The answer....because when the Word is hidden in our hearts...it changes our hearts and lives!
I am currently working on memorizing Psalm 121, as a friend of mine has challenged me to do. It is an amazing scripture and is filled with direction and promises for our times of trial.
God's Word holds power that our words do not. His Word is what Jesus spoke when confronted by Satan in the desert. (Matthew 4:1-11) It allowed Jesus to stand firm against the ridiculous schemes that Satan had planned to trick the Lord. I figure if Jesus needs the Word of God....how much more do I?!
Psalm 121 (NIV)