And. This. Is. God.
Moving in hearts and homes right here and across town and around the world.
I am in awe of Him and filed with humble gratitude that I am not alone in my desperate cry for more of God and His Word in my heart.
Because, really, I was falling apart. And now with one little plea for you to join me there are toddlers to great-grandparents (and some awesome husbands) all joining together to commit our hearts to Him by hiding His Word in our hearts. And I’m left speechless on my knees in adoration to my Lord!
My Bible hangs open to Psalm 103, and I find myself basking in those first two verses.
Thousands of moments seek to pull me away, but the words are sweet on my lips as I sweep the crumbs off the floor. And blessing rings in my heart as I cook and clean and discipline and teach and snuggle and fail and forgive and love.
Each an act of praise to my LORD!
Every breath a whisper of His name. Yahweh.
A name so holy. A name unutterable in Hebrew. The sound of breathing.
Ah, yes, that’s what I need – to breathe in His name until it resonates in my soul!
And exhale His praise with everything that is within me.
And so we seek to get words to move from page to heart…
Breathe it in- Take a mental photograph engraving each word (& reference number) in your mind as you read it. Then read it again and again.
Dwell in it- Act it out, use motions or sign-language, put it to music, write it down (small or BIG– on the mirror, on the sidewalk, on a napkin, with paint, with glitter…), draw it up, hang it all over, listen to it being read, type it out (try “Scripture Typer”- be warned that it’s addicting), teach it to your kids, make it a game, stand on your head if you have to! Do whatever it takes to get your mind focused on each word.
Bind it to your life- Breathe the words in before your feet touch the floor in the morning, and out again in the carpool line, while folding laundry and cooking supper, as you brush your teeth and tuck the kids in bed. Attach these life giving words to a specific time or activity in your day.
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”
Absorb it- Find out what the words mean that you are memorizing. Who wrote them? Why? What does each word mean? Soak in the truth.
Breathe it out- Aloud to yourself, whisper it in the depths of your soul, and share it with those who need to hear it the most. Each week, commit to telling it (without peeking) to an accountability partner. Make it a part of your every day speech. And pray it, pray it, pray it.
Live it- Don’t stop at memorizing, allow God’s Word to penetrate your heart and change your life.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” Colossians 3:16
Guard it- Again and again and again. Hold fast to His Words as you repeat and review. For this is what leads to life-giving retention.
How do you get His Words in your heart?
It’s not too late to join us in memorizing Psalm 103! We’re all maybe feeling like we’re already behind, but start speaking and singing and breathing the words to these first two verses, and soon they’ll be ringing in your soul.
Praying for each of you!