Monday, April 07, 2014
Today’s Topic: Hide It!
Today’s Text: Ps 119:11 Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.
Quick, what’s the shortest verse in the Bible? Right! John 11:35 – Jesus Wept.
What’s the longest verse? You had to think a little more didn’t you. It’s Esther 8:9. I will let your curiosity be satisfied through personal investigation.
What’s the longest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 119.
We find pleasure in knowing Bible trivia. But I wonder how many of us really know the subject of the trivia. How many of the following questions could we answer from memory because we have truly studied and absorbed God’s Word?
- Where can we look to find encouragement when we are discouraged?
- Where can I look to get help for someone who is grieving?
- Where can I look to answer someone’s question about the existence of God?
- Where are the verses that reveal the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit?
- Where can I turn to show someone the forgiveness that is available from God through Jesus Christ?
- What verses would I show someone to help them get saved?
It sure would be nice if we could all have such information stored away in our memory banks so that we could use God’s Word to help people in everyday life. But so many of us fall short of being able to do this. I know we want to, but life is so busy with so much stuff that we just don’t take the time to study the Bible for ourselves. We hope to go away from church on Sunday morning with one little nugget that we can remember and we hope our memory doesn’t fail when we need it. But very few of us really take the time to prepare for the mission to which God has called us.
Let’s compare it to our place of employment. Those with a good work ethic do everything they can to learn everything they can about their job so they can excel at it. Some people even take additional training and classes. Many do research on the internet in their own time so they can understand their job better. Good employees are familiar with the job manual and the company policy manual so they know they are working within the prescribed guidelines. Great employees are both teachable and self-taught.
In the 119th Psalm, the phrase “Teach me Thy statutes” occurs eight times. Followers of Jesus are to be constantly praying this to God. Those who have been called to the mission of Jesus Christ are to be passionate about knowing Him, knowing His commands, and knowing His policies and procedures so they can serve Him faithfully and effectively. This takes determination to study His Word. Read the Bible. Don’t start by reading a book about the Bible – READ THE BIBLE! Let the Holy Spirit be your teacher, not your pastor or some famous preacher. READ THE BIBLE. Study it. Memorize it. Hide it away in your heart as your own commitment to holy living and to helping others.
Do you remember the story of William Wilberforce? He was the British politician who pursued the abolishment of slavery. In the midst of a London political crisis, he wrote in his diary: “Walked from Hyde Park Comer, repeating the 119th Psalm in great comfort.” He had memorized the longest chapter in the Bible. British art critic John Ruskin said: “It is strange that of all the pieces of the Bible which my mother taught me, that which cost me most to learn, and which to my child’s mind was most repulsive, the 119th Psalm, has now become, of all, the most precious to me in-its glorious passion for the law of God.”
Read the Bible. Study it. Hide it away in your heart. It is the instruction manual for God’s service. You have been called to an eternal mission. How are you preparing to serve faithfully and to the fullest capacity?