Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Hide it in Your Heart from Life as a Minister's Wife
This is the second year that we have done requirements for mission trip. They aren't meant to be so hard to keep people out. In fact it you are really committed and have a passion for going on mission trip the requirements will be easy. They are mainly based on church attendance. The other componenet is scripture memory. In light of this upcoming scripture memory challenge, I am posting a blog my wife, Christiana, wrote for Life as a Minister's Wife.
I hope you enjoy Hide it in Your Heart.
Recently, it was brought to my attention that there is a difference between memorizing scripture and hiding it in your heart. Yes, the two go hand in hand but the more I thought about it I knew that my friend was right. There is a difference! So that's what I am going to talk about today.
According to dictionary.com, memorize is #1 to commit to memory (I don't particularly care for definitions that use the defined word in them--thanks Dr. Fessler!) and #2 to learn by heart.
How many of us have memorized Bible verses to meet mission trip requirements or to earn stickers at Vacation Bible School? Do you remember them later? Maybe. Maybe not. We know them front and back and can recite them upon command--at least for a little while. But is that hiding them in our heart?
Psalm 119:11 says, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." The Hebrew word for hidden used here is tsaphan (tsaw-fan'). It means to hoard, protect, and treasure. It goes way beyond committing something to rote memory.
I believe that you can memorize a verse without hiding it in your heart, but you can't tsaphan (treasure, protect) a verse until you have first committed it to memory. If you are hiding scripture in your heart, you are putting it there intentionally with the purpose of guarding it from being stolen and to protect it as a vital part of yourself.
Are you hiding scripture in your heart or are you just memorizing it?
Share a verse that you have hidden in your heart. Wednesday, I will talk about a few of my life verses that I have hidden in my heart.
Christiana Mustion on March 14,2011 and was originally posted on her blog Life as a Minister's Wife