My wife and I had the privilege of attending a Voice of the Martyrs conference last week. We learned that in one of the most persecuted countries, believers have access to very few Bibles, and those they do have are treasured and protected with their lives. Knowing that these treasures could be taken from them at any time, they continually challenge each other to memorize complete books of the Bible and can verbally quote them.
For those of us in areas of the world where this degree of suffering does not exist, I wonder why we don’t have this kind of passion and desire, and much less, the willingness to challenge others to a greater commitment to Scripture memory.
This reminded me of David’s love for God’s Word. Psalm 119 is woven with many references to the value of God’s law, commandments, statutes, and testimonies. Why did David express such delight in God’s Word? “I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (119:11). The expression “I have stored up” is one word in Hebrew and means to hide, treasure or keep concealed because of its immense value.
I wonder what it would take to implant that value into our hearts? Does it require persecution? Does the real importance and worth of Scripture only come to us when we go through suffering or difficult times as others do around the world? Why can’t we place in our hearts the true value of God’s Word just by knowing that He is the Author? What is hindering you from following David’s example and “storing up [His] word in [your] heart?”
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