The phrase “I have stored up your word…” reminds me of the squirrels burying their nuts outside my windows at work, saving them for later. Why do they bury them? To hide them from others so that they can come back and eat them later. They hide them because they are valuable to them. They want them kept safe until their return. We store up money in bank accounts to be used later. It’s valuable to us, and we want it kept safe until we return for it. We store up food in the fridge. We want it kept fresh. Why is this verse worded that way…storing up His word in our hearts? It’s not as if we can lose it, right?
We now have His written Word in the form of the Bible, and it is readily available to us at almost any time in various formats. We are fortunate enough to live in a country that allows us to have Bibles. Then is this verse still relevant to us? It sure is!!!
His Word should be that valuable to us, and the safest place for it is in our hearts and minds, kept fresh by our constant reviewing. When we memorize Scripture, we dwell on His Word richly (Colossians 3:16). When we repeat a verse over and over in our efforts to get it down to memory, we emphasize different words or phrases and see different aspects of it. It comes to life for us personally!! Reciting Scripture centers us on Jesus. Reciting Scripture fills our minds with His Word. Reciting Scripture helps us lose ourselves in Him, known as abiding (John 15:7-11). It takes effort; it takes concentration. This is one form of meditation, and the Holy Spirit will make our lives immeasurably better because of it.
Today in Prayer
Word Storage: Psalm 119:97-99
- Practice/recite the memory verse you chose on day 1 this week.
- Pray for God to reveal and remove any resistance to memorizing His Word.
- Pray that the joy of abiding in Him and His Word becomes stronger than any distractions from it.
“The reason we come away so cold from reading the word is because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation.” ~Thomas Watson