Last week I wrote down several verses that I should have memorized by now. These verses are God's Word. I remembered many of them, but a few I have memorized in KJV, some in NIV, some in NASB, and now most in ESV. Yes, those are different English translations of the Bible. The progression of the versions equates to my own journey with God's Word. I now study, read, and preach from the English Standard Version (ESV). The ESV study Bible is phenomenal, by the way! Check it out at www.esv.org
So, I have been convicted to once again make it a daily habit to treasure God's Word. You'd think every pastor is doing that, but the time demands can sometimes overwhelm daily schedules, so many do not. I cannot let myself fall into the "I'm too busy to read or memorize God's Word today" syndrome. So, today, I publicly commit to treasure God's Word in my life every day. I need His Word. Like I need water. I desire Him and His wisdom over anything else. I need to feed on the Word and then feed the flock.
My verse today is Psalm 119:11. I will also challenge my church to memorize at least one verse a week. I plan to put this verse on the screen this Sunday, where we will then say it together. Why? The church grows in the grace and knowledge of the Lord by knowing His Word...then we live it out as we soak in it throughout the day/week. The Word creates and sustains the church, not vice versa.
Lord, help us to treasure You and Your Word as if our lives depended on it. They do.
"I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11