And I did, as a child, I knew many verses from memory. I earned many pins and badges from Awana. I remember working on scripture memorization in junior high; at camp and at youth group. I even continued into high school though it was dwindling. College I may have worked slightly on hiding His words, I was involved in church but I wasn't pursuing to learn scripture.
But now, I am 30. Yes I said it, I am 30! It's not so bad really. I am at a point in my life where I actually hear, feel, relate, and can picture the Lord's breathed words as I study them. And I want to study them. I feel good when I study them. I feel happy. I have an unexplained peace about me. I am resting in the easy to say phrase, "Everything's going to be O K.", because it is going to be o k. He is in control. Of everything. At every moment.
I've been thinking a lot about how God delights in Me. He watches me. He laughs at me. He guides me. I am his child. I'm His. I am His. I AM HIS! Sometimes it is hard to believe he actually delights in me. I can be pretty defiant, just like my 3-year old. I'm sure I look like a 3-year old to Him sometimes though I'm 3-0. Nevertheless he loves me and delights in me. That's what a father does, he loves us when we are good and bad.
One thing I know for certain delights my Lord, is my knowledge of his words. When I can share his words with others. When they are on the tip of my tongue. When they are in my heart.
Today I was doing my bible study in Daniel 5. I was directed to read Psalm 1. As I turned to Psalms and started reading I just started reciting the Psalm without actually reading it. What? I say to myself. I take a good look at it again. I remember memorizing this at some point in my life and I could say it word for word. Suddenly I was overcome with emotion. Psalm 1 was hidden in my heart. What an amazing Psalm of assurance and warning. How lucky I am to have grown in the church with the reminder of the importance of memorizing scripture. I was blessed by my knowledge of his words today. I hope my Lord was delighted.