Lent – Day 22
Lyrics for Your Life in Christ
Every Saturday during this study, you will learn about common spiritual disciplines that many followers of Jesus practice during Lent. Today you will learn about reading, studying and memorizing Scripture. These disciplines are valuable tools to draw near to God when they come from a heart seeking to do just that — rather than a heart which hopes to justify itself through these works or simply check a box on its Lent “to-do” list. We hope these insights will encourage you and help connect you to the Father throughout these 40 days.
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your word. I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands. I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:9-11, New International Version)
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. “Psalm 119:105
As soon as the first note dropped, I knew the song. Memories of junior high flooded my mind — the friends, the fashion and the emotions. I sang along without missing a word.
“Alright stop, collaborate and listen.” You know the rest.
When is comes to music, my brain works like a steel trap. Decades of useful and useless facts accumulate like boxes in an attic. I only need a small nudge — a song, a movie or a photograph — and everything comes tumbling out.
I don’t think I’m alone. I believe most of us can rattle off the lyrics to a song we haven’t heard in ages and then sit back in wonder at what just happened.
If you’re like me, you have hidden away the lyrics to dozens and dozens of songs because you spent days rewinding the cassette, hitting the back button on your CD player, or setting iTunes on repeat so you could perfect the most complicated rhymes.
You’ll find your relationship with Scripture is no different. As you spend time reading and studying what God has revealed in the Bible, He will open your eyes, that you may see wonderful things in His law. Psalm 119:18
As you treasure it and hide it away in your heart, you will love what He loves more and more. You will do what He does. You will go where He goes.
Your life will be transformed because you’re not just hiding away silly lyrics in the back of your mind. You’re meditating on God’s own words, and they pierce your heart.
Respond and Pray
Ask God to increase your love for His Word so you might know and love Him more.
Read Psalm 119 and write down all the ways God’s Word blesses and transforms those who delight in it.
Commit to hiding God’s Word in your heart by memorizing important verses or passages.