The Alarm

by | May 3, 2018 | Bible, Experiencing God, Relationship

Psalm 119:11- 13 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise to you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.” NIV

As I lay awake savouring the quiet cloak of darkness, listening to the beauty of silence, my eye was drawn to the luminous numbers of my alarm clock. I had set it earlier knowing if I was to arise and be on time for my early morning shift I could depend on it to do its’ job.

Likewise when we set God’s word in our hearts, we can also count on it to go off in our minds when we most need it. We can depend on it to do its’ job.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17NIV

The psalmist in Psalm 119: 24,35,98,103 & 105, states that God’s word in his heart kept him from sin, counseled him, made him wise and victorious over his enemies, brought him delight and directed him throughout life.

Now-a-days we don’t tend to memorize much of anything, not even Scripture as we have so many other tools available to remind us of the things we need and want to know. Though this is convenient in many ways, it may not always be wise. Food on the shelf is not the same as food in the stomach, just as Scripture on the page is not the same as Scripture in the heart.

When God’s word is recorded in our hearts it becomes part of us, always there for the Holy Spirit to be able to access and bring to our mind when it is most needed. Memorization though is not always easy and retaining what we have learned is usually even harder. With God’s help however digging in to the sweet delight of his word through the discipline of memorization is a meal well worth chewing and digesting for as the psalmist’s words attest it can be counted on day by day to sustain us eternally.

Prayer: Father God thank you for the availability of your word. Encourage us amidst our reading to commit portions to memory bit by bit, day by day that we may be sustained eternally by your truth.

In Christ’s name we ask. Amen.

Lynne Phipps
Atlin, B.C.


The Alarm