I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees. Psalm 119:48
There was a time in my life when I would run across a particular passage from the Bible that touched my heart, encouraged my spirit, and enlightened my soul and I would put those precious words to memory. I‘d write it down on a note card, repeat it over and over again, refer to it while at work, think about it on the drive to and from work, and meditate on it in the wee hours of the night. Eventually, I would have the precious words of the passage memorized and it would be added to my litany of memorized super-Scriptures.
Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. I am unable to memorize Scripture because of my struggles with Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Somehow, my short term memory doesn’t hit on all the cylinders like it once did. In addition, thoughts no longer move easily from my short term memory to the depository of my long term memory as they did before my diagnosis.
Instead of memorizing Scripture, I now underline the passages that touch my heart and make an effort to write about them in my daily devotions. Even though I don’t memorize the passage, I still meditate on the words, repeat the words of the passage over and over again, and think about it in the wee hours of the night. Eventually a devotion will find its way onto the cursor of my computer screen. By doing this, I have a written record of my favorite Bible passages and the corresponding thoughts, meditations, and insights which I can share with others.
Like today’s Psalm passage purports, it is important for each of us to love and meditate on God’s Holy Word. Nothing can be better for our state of mind, our spiritual well-being, and even our health than allowing God’s Word to deluge our thoughts. As we delight in His Holy Word and meditate upon its passages, then obedience, trust, and peace become a spiritual by-product of our meditations.
As you start your day today, spend some time reading, meditating, and applying God’s Holy Word. You will find strength, support, serenity, salvation, and solace for the struggles you face no matter how severe they may be. God’s Holy Word is certainly worthy of our time! So meditate on His Holy Word today, lift up your hands to His commands and decrees, and learn to trust in the Almighty forever!