Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” Psalm 143:8
A few years ago, a friend (young enough to be my granddaughter) and I decided that we would hold one another accountable for Scripture memorization. At first, I would give her a verse that had special meaning for me, and then she would do the same for me. Then, we planned a week or so for memorization, followed by recitation. Periodically, we would do a review of several verses at a time. Now, we take turns selecting a verse we both say. Reciting the same Scripture gives a bit more reinforcement. At any rate, all of this putting God’s Word in our minds and hearts has been such a blessing. I would encourage others to do the same. No excuses! Don’t let age or time become an excuse. Keep trying. Be determined; be diligent. Write the verse on a notecard. Carry it with you, just as you would carry a gospel tract. Don’t give up.
The verse written above is one we recently learned. You may ask how someone “hears” God’s lovingkindness. Certainly, one way is through experiences. For example, in Candy Carson’s book, A Doctor in the House, she tells of a time many years ago, when she and her husband, Ben Carson, surgeon and current HUD Secretary, were driving to Michigan at night, returning home from a college recruiting assignment. Exhausted from an intense schedule, they both fell asleep, with Ben driving and Candy riding in the front passenger’s seat. They were abruptly awakened, traveling at 90 mph, by the sound of crunching gravel. They found themselves heading into a drainage ditch. Grabbing the steering wheel, Ben managed to keep the car from going end over end, while it spun around in circles. Mrs. Carson relates that at that time, they knew God had spared them for a reason which, at that time, they did not know. What they did know—and do—was to pray and thank God many times through the night, for his mercy. They had survived, because of God’s lovingkindness. They knew that, and have continued to trust God for whatever plans He has for their lives.
Sometimes, this lovingkindness is clear and direct. I had been praying for rain for our neighborhood, as it had been a very dry summer. Quite a simple prayer, yet heartfelt! Then, one Sunday morning, I awoke to the sound of a gentle, steady rain. Some might say this welcome shower just happened because of the atmospheric conditions. I, on the other hand, say it was God speaking to one of His children in a very specific way.
I Peter 5:8 cautions us to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” We live in a fallen, disjointed world where things are continuously unraveling. Without a focal poing as a guide, it would be easy to get lost in the crowd. That is one reason why it is so important to establish a genuine, heartfelt relationship with our Creator God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Trust and obedience are vital. “Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk…”
This bears repeating: memorizing Scripture can give you a sense of peace, protection, and confidence that the world cannot provide. Psalm 119:11 says, “They Word had I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Not surprisingly, verses you have carefully and thoughtfully memorized will come back to mind, often, when they are most needed. God also affirms His truths to us when a memorized Scripture portion is included in a message from the pulpit at church. Be determined to hide the Word in our heart, and always be thankful for the blessings that come with it.
By Jill Skalicky