Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Living According to the Word - L.A.W.: Psalm 119:9-12

“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD! Teach me Your statutes.”
Psalms 119:9-12 NKJV

One of the simplest ways we can begin today to "live according to the Word" (L.A.W.) of God is by doing what the psalmist sings of in verse 11--we can start hiding God's Word in our hearts. We can start memorizing the Scriptures. Why? Notice the reason the psalmist gives. It is not so that he can boast of his knowledge. It is not so he can show off to his friends and family. It is so that he might not sin against God. That is a good reason for memorizing the Scriptures--so they become so much a part of you that when you are tempted to sin, the Word is there in your mind and heart to convict you and keep you from sinning.

On a practical note, the Bible is a big book. Where should a person begin? How about beginning with a Scripture that will be immediately helpful to you? Think of a sin that you are often tempted to commit (ask God to reveal it to you) then find a Scripture (or several Scriptures) that deals with that sin. 

For me, I am often tempted to fear man. There are many great verses about the fear of man:

“The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”
Proverbs 29:25 NKJV

“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Psalms 118:6 NKJV

“So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?””
Hebrews 13:6 NKJV

I recommend memorizing the Word in the version in which you like to read it. For me, that would be the New King James but for you, it might be the NIV or the ESV or the NLT. Highlight the verse in your Bible so that it stands out when you read it during your regular Bible reading so that reading your Bible also works to reinforce your memory. 

Let me know in the comments whether you tried memorizing Scripture this week. 

Lord, we thank You for the gift of Your Word. I know that I fail to appreciate it as I ought to. Help us, Lord, to love Your Word as the psalmist did. May we joyfully hide it in our hearts that we might not sin against You. May our sin grieve us as much as it grieves You. Thank You for loving us and calling us sons and daughters. We are learning how to love You more and more. Thank You, Abba! Amen!