You know that moment when random song lyrics pop into your head? Video Killed the Radio Star came on in a store the other day, and all of a sudden I’m back in college listening to my roommate’s 80’s hit explosion mix tape, the one she kept in a cardboard box of tapes in the backseat of her car.
And of course I know all the words. Like, all of them. I even have to resist the urge to share the “this was the first song played on MTV” trivia nugget with random strangers and passers by (of course, that was back when MTV actually played music). I also manage to squelch the temptation to sing along, right out loud… but I’m definitely humming.
My point it, it’s shocking what we remember, what we store away in the dusty file cabinets of our minds, what we can recall in detail when the situation calls for it.
And when I start to think that I just don’t have the time or the energy or the mental wherewithal to memorize more of God’s Word, I’m just duping myself.
Because I’m pretty sure that if I can still remember all the words and tune to the Buggles’ one-hit-wonder that I haven’t heard in over a decade, that I should be able to manage committing a few more passages of Scripture to heart.
And then, to drive the point home, our beautiful, exuberant, funny, busy, energetic five-year-old brought home this little half sheet from school a few weeks ago. To be honest, I just let it get shuffled into a stack of papers for a week or more before putting it on his bedside table for him and Daddy to read over each night at bedtime.
I thought Wow, half a typed page… six entire verses… a hundred-and-thirty-nine words…. That’s a lot, especially for my sweet, not-always-focused five-year-old… especially in just a week or two…
But then, there he stood today in the preschool office, nervously twisting his sleeve as he recited the passage for the school director and others.
So I’m thinking anew that if the Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit that I had better arm myself more fully (Ephesians 6:17).
And I’m thinking that if “the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart,” I might need access to that heart surgery (Hebrews 4:12).
And I’m betting that since “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” that I might need that wisdom and insight to counterbalance my Foot-In-Mouth Disease (2 Timothy 3:16). Because maybe if I allow the Holy Spirit to provide the words for me, my F.I.M.D. won’t flare up quite so regularly (Luke 12:11-12).
and really, what more compelling reason could I ever need that the one provided in Psalm 119:11:
I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.
I mean seriously, if HE can do it…
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