“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve. You shall not go after other gods. He brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers. And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day. And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9,12-14,23-25
Loving God and living for Him flows from immersion in the scriptures. God’s word is the brilliant revelation of His attributes and ways, guiding light for our path, merciful pronouncement of warning, consistent goad to righteousness. Our practical companion for daily life, it is the supernatural nourishment and beautiful adornment for all our families, and we who have responsibility for them are to feed and clothe and remind continually. (Psalm 19:11; 119:105)
Where am I standing in the pathway and lifestyle and default practices of the godless, and need to extricate myself to move into the light? Have I eased into critical murmuring and caustic opinion-sharing, settling into a seat alongside mockers, and need instead to sidle-up to companions with a biblical mindset who would encourage me in the mind of Christ? When faced with important decisions, whose input do I seek? Am I walking in the counsel of the ungodly, whose minds are filtered through worldly input, or will I search out and delight in wisdom from God’s comprehensive, infallible word? I have long prayed that our children’s last thought before falling asleep and first upon waking would be Jesus, the truth of God, but have I diligently trained myself to practice the same, meditating on His word day and night? (Psalm 1:1-2; 119:130; Proverbs 2:1-7; 13:20; 1 Corinthians 2:16; 1 Peter 1:13)
This consistent handling and reminding of God’s word requires care, intention, even deliberate setting aside of other seemingly-more-urgent pressures, but it is the supreme priority that is of greatest eternal benefit. God says so, and what He instructs we know is right and for our good.
Father, every taste of Your word is sweeter than honey, more satisfying than gold. May I consistently lay up Your words in my heart and soul to inspire righteous thinking, doing, and teaching. Forgive me for hoarding, fill me to overflow so my mouth and hands share Your beautiful, life-giving word all along my way. (Deuteronomy 11:18-23; Psalm 19:10; 119:11,103)