January 3, 2014
These words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall . . . talk of them . . . when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. . . . You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. —Deuteronomy 6:6–9 Have you ever read all 176 verses of Psalm 119? C’mon now, honestly? Every verse? If not, I dare you. Here’s why: those verses are like sticky-note reminders for our zany emotions. But because Psalm 119 is so cotton-pickin’ long, we’re tempted to start reading but not finish. About halfway through this psalm, you may think to yourself, This is repetitious. Exactly. It’s meant to be. It’s a way to secure our minds with the protective counsel offered in Scripture. If you have had children or pets, you know how many times you have to repeat important instructions. (“If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times: float your sailboat in the sink, not the commode!”) Psalm 119 is full of necessary reminders to keep us on the narrow yet lit path. To remind myself to think often of God’s Word, I like to place it, like memos, first inside, then outside of myself. Want to join me? We’ll memorize it. Study it. Sing it. Rehearse it. Teach it. Post it. Write your favorite verses in your journal, pen them in calligraphy and frame them for your walls, tape them to your mirror, magnetize them to your fridge, and most importantly, walk in the light they will add to your path. Excerpted from Daily Gifts of Grace © 2011 Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission.