“You shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on your doorposts and on your gates. Be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the LORD your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him.” Deuteronomy 11:18-20,22
I watched a rather plain sky this morning, carbon turning milky, with a few charcoal flecks. The longer I gazed, the more splendor shone. As the sun climbed its way toward the horizon, it painted the splotches deep pink, and what had seemed uninteresting was now captivating, causing my spirit to soar, my bland heart suddenly lost in wonder, love and praise.
Looking into God’s word offers a similar experience: spending time there turns reading words into understanding meaning, beholding the revealing. The light of living truth blazes in to flood the inner recesses of the heart, to inform all aspects of the mind, to penetrate our worst hidden proclivities. “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
We have easy access at all times to man’s word: “breaking news” that someone else has decided is urgent, pop-up ads with suggestions for my purchase or listening pleasure, teasers for more and varied versions of what is supposed to interest me, a constant clamor of opinion and chatter and did-you-hear?s and this-is-how-you-should-eat/raise your children/invest/look-and-feel younger/protect yourself/help society/vote. Making time in God’s word takes more effort, but enables us to assimilate all other input through the filter of God’s truth. In His light, we see light. There is no greater gift to give our children than laying up His word in their souls. (Psalm 36:4)
“Speak, O Lord, as we come to You to receive the food of Your holy word; Take Your truth, plant it deep in us, shape and fashion us in Your likeness, That the light of Christ might be seen today in our acts of love and our deeds of faith; Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us all Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience, holy reverence, true humility; Test our thoughts and our attitudes in the radiance of Your purity. Cause our faith to rise and our eyes to see Your majestic love and authority, Words of power that can never fail, let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds, help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us; Truths unchanged from the dawn of time that will echo down through eternity; And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises, and by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us; Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built and the earth is filled with Your glory.” –Keith Getty, Stuart Townsend