March 14, 2011

hidden in my heart

We learn as a child to 'hide God's word in your heart'.

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.


Blessed in the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked 
or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  
But his delight is in the Law of the Lord, 
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yield's it fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
 nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

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