I’ll be really honest with you – I can tell when I haven’t been in God’s Word like I should.
Stress and fears begin to cloud my mind and instead of meditating on Scripture, I begin meditating on the “what ifs” of life. The focus of my life begins to shift from God to me.
As my gaze turns away from God, so does my confidence, my courage, and my heart.
Committing to the habit of being in Scripture daily is a game changer for me. Being in God’s Word brings me back to what really matters in life and Who really is in control… and it’s not me.
My personal prayer for this Summer study is that I will emerge from these eight weeks in Psalm 119 more in love with God’s Word than when I began. I want to love, treasure and meditate on Scripture like this Psalmist.
Looking at Psalm 119:10-16, we see how the author interacted with Scripture by the words or phrases he used. Words like:
Bottom line, he made time to be in God’s Word. It was a choice he made every day.
In order to seek God, praise Him, and delight in Him….we have to make time for God in our busy lives.
For some, this means getting up a little earlier. For others, it will mean that you stay up a little later. It may mean turning off the TV, our phones or computers, and opening up our Bibles instead.
Whatever it means for you, the truth of the matter is that we need to be in Scripture.
“I have never known a strong Christian who did not have much Scripture memorized. There is a reason for this. God designed faith to feed on the promises of Scripture all day long.” – John Piper
There are more days than I’d like to admit when I find myself spending time seeking the praise of my peers rather than His. Days when my delights are more focused on this world rather than on what is eternal.
If I want to leave a legacy of faith for the next generations to follow, I need to treasure God’s Word in the present. I need to make time for it now…not later.
Investing our time in God’s Word has the greatest rate of returns: a life that grows in holiness when Scripture is not just read, but lived. How can a woman keep her way pure? By living according to your word (vs. 9, paraphrased).
Today I’d like to share just a few simple ways you can keep God’s Word in front of you throughout the day:
- Save our LGG memory verses to your phone.
- Print out our memory verse cards and display them around the house.
- Keep your Bible open in your kitchen to glance at while cooking.
- Tape memory verses or Post-it notes to your bathroom mirror.
How do YOU keep God’s Word in front of you? Snap a picture and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (and make sure to tag us… #LoveGodGreatly)!
These are just a few suggestions… I’m sure you all have many more. Share your ideas in our comments section – I’d love to see what you would add to this list!
Thank you for your Word. Thank you for how you speak to us through it. Help us to thirst for it, to seek it, hide it, meditate on it and delight in it. Grow our love for your Word through these next eight weeks. Help us to dig deeper into Scripture… to seek the hidden treasures that are only revealed with time well spent. Help us to desire time with you more than the distractions of this world. May our hearts be soft and our eyes focused on you. Grow our desire for you and your Word.
Love God Greatly!