Our Daily Bread- From Head to Heart
- READ: Psalm 119:9-16
Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. —Psalm 119:11
My childhood piano teacher was a stickler for memorization. Being able to
play a piece without error was not enough. I had to play several pieces
flawlessly by memory. Her reasoning was this: She didn’t want her
students to say, when asked to play, “I’m sorry, I don’t have my music
As a child, I also memorized Bible passages, including Psalm 119:11. Due
to my limited understanding, I believed that simple memorization would
keep me from sin. I worked hard at memorizing verses, and I even won a Moody Bible Story Book as an award.
Although memorizing the Bible is a good habit to develop, it’s not the act of memorizing that keeps us from sin. As I learned soon after my
winning efforts, having the words of Scripture in my head made little
difference in my behavior. In fact, instead of victory over sin,
knowledge alone generated feelings of guilt.
Eventually I realized that the Word of God had to spread through my whole being. I needed to internalize Scripture, to hide it “in my heart” the way a
musician does a piece of music. I had to live the Bible as well as I
could quote it. As God’s Word spreads from our heads to our hearts, sin
loses its power over us. —Julie Ackerman Link
O Lord, my God, may Your Word become so
much a part of me that obedience comes
naturally and cheerfully from my heart.
Change me andmold me into Your image.
Let God’s Word fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your life.