Yesterday I shared some thoughts on Deuteronomy 11:18. As I was praying through what to write about this evening Psalm 119:9, 11 came to mind. I have written on this before so I won’t repeat that here, but focus for a minute on the last part of that passage.
The psalmist tells us that the way to purity is through the Word of God treasured in our hearts. About the only way I know to treasure something in our hearts is to memorize it.
Seems like a lot of work…it is.
It is hard to memorize scripture, especially hard the older we get. There are more distractions, more demands on our time. But if it helps us to live more effectively for our Lord, why shouldn’t we do it?
In the temptation after His baptism by John, Matthew 4:1 – 11 each time the enemy tempted Christ, He responded with scripture, Deuteronomy 8:3; Deuteronomy 6:16; and a mashup of Deuteronomy 6:13 and Deuteronomy 10:20 – Deuteronomy may be important.
Pretty sure Jesus did not have the Deuteronomy scroll with Him in the desert. He had the Word committed to memory. He countered the devil with memorized Scripture.
That may be a good thing for us to do.