This morning during family Bible study, Mom read from Psalm 119. As she was reading along, verse 11 particularly caught my attention:

Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

I usually read from the King James Version, in which this verse reads slightly differently.

Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.

Not a big difference, but the word that caught my attention was the word “treasured”. I’ve used this verse to remind me of the importance of memorizing God’s Word (and yes, I still believe that is very important!). But I think that, when I emphasize the total truth of His word, and how vital is is that we walk in obedience to His word, I sometimes forget the importance of truly treasuring His words. Hanging on His words. Being enthralled by, and soaking up His words. And it makes sense that merely “storing” His words in our mind/memory wouldn’t necessarily give us victory over sin. But if we truly were treasuring those words as we memorized and meditated upon them, and asked for the Holy Spirit to bring them to our remembrance when we desperately needed them?

It was a good reminder. Together, let’s treasure His word today.

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The god of IT?

03 May 2008

I just read this article by Boundless.org. Have you ever thought of information as a god? I hadn’t thought of it that way…exactly. The article well describes how easy it is to get distracted with, and waste time on a computer. Computers and technology are so useful, and I am incredibly grateful for them, and the good they enable us to do, but I also agree with the author that they can so easily take away time that should be devoted to our relationship with God…or our family, or others.

I realize relationships with my family and friends take time and work, and I’m willing to put effort into cultivating good relationships. In other words, I value them. But sometimes when it comes to my relationship with God, I tend to think “He will always be there when I need Him, whether or not I’m able to spend a lot of time with Him.” When I think about it though, that is not the right attitude at all! That is treating God as though He is of even less importance than my family and friends. Almost like…a vending machine. Ouch! I should want to spend time with Him. So why don’t I, at times?

Perhaps it is because even though I do have a desire for meaning in this life; for doing hard, worthwhile things, it’s so easy to let all the information fill up my time…and then there is far too little left for the important things.

I think an “information sabbath” is a good idea. And I think maybe two a week would be even better…at least for me. ;)

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