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These Words Shall Be On Your Heart

These Words Shall
Be On Your Heart


They were a sight to behold. Two precious little children playing on the beach, each one fashioning in their own way, something for posterity. Little Susie was writing a letter to her mother in the sand. She was using a stick, some leaves for decorations, and was making a border out of sticks and rocks, telling her mother she loved her, and thanking her for bringing them to the beach to play.

Her somewhat meticulous brother, Billy, did not seem to be doing so well. He had found a piece of rock, a piece of an old tire iron that had been abandoned, and had taken his Dadís hammer from the tool box in the car. He was actually trying to chisel out a message in that huge rock that stood just a few feet from the coastline. While Susie was finishing her work of art, Billyís masterpiece had taken no shape at all. He had, in fact, with a few false starts, seemingly only made a mess of things.

Susie couldnít contain her glee. "Youíre so slow!" she laughed, "Maybe by next week, youíll have the first letter done." With that, she proceeded to jump in the water and spend most of the rest of the afternoon swimming and riding in that big inner tube theyíd brought from home. Billy never got near the water. He just stood there, homemade chisel in hand, and inch by inch, carved out his message of love. It took him about five hours to do one sentence.

That night at supper, both kids ran in and told their parents they had a surprise to show them the next morning. They jumped in bed and pretended to sleep, but both were so eager for Mom and Dad to see their masterpieces that slumber was slow in coming. The next morning, they grabbed their parents by the hand, even before breakfast, and raced out to the edge of the sandy shore.

Susie was in shock. During the night, the tide had come in and her "work of art"; so beautiful, so distinctive, so quick in appearing, had disappeared. She had fashioned it the easy way, and it was impressive while it lasted. But when the rush of the swirling waters came ashore, it was no match for their fury.

Billy, it seems, had the last laugh. For a few feet away, on a huge piece of rock were carved the letters, "Mom and Dad, I love you. Billy." The waves had beat upon it, as well. But the waters that destroyed Susieís sand letter had only cleaned out the dirt from the lines Billy had etched in the rock and it actually looked better for having been attacked by the waves that beat upon it.

Their mom and dad were pleased at the effort both of them had put forth. But it was too good a teaching opportunity to pass up. So lovingly they put the two children on their knees and began to tell them the parable of the house built on the sand, and about how you engrave Godís word on your heart.

"You can listen to the Scriptures, read them, even study them," Dad told his captive audience, "but when the tides of life come in, oftentimes the word seems to have no impact on our lives. On the other hand, if you engrave them on your heart like you would on tablets of stone...the way Billy did his message, they will always be there when lifeís waves attack the shoreline of your life. It takes a long time to do it. And the world around us will wonder why we are spending so much time trying to memorize something we can pick up and read. They wonít understand it when we take time off to meditate on it over and over until the grooves are fashioned deep in our hearts. But someday, when lifeís high tides come in, we will be secure, like that rock."

Susie and Billy never forgot that object lesson. In fact, every summer for the next five years, the family vacationed at that very spot. And every summer, as soon as they got out of the car, they would rush over to that rock to see if Billyís message was still there. Year after year, they went. And year after year, the words were still intact, engraved (it seemed forever) in that surface of stone.

Those two little children learned a lesson early in life. Itís a lesson some of us have never learned. And the consequences of not learning it leave in its wake a lot of dashed hopes and dreams when the waves of life beat upon what we thought was a solid foundation.

And so we continue our study of what the word of God says about itself. We have looked at the preface to the word, the attitude God expects us to have as we approach the Scripture, (He expects us to tremble with excitement). We have looked at the pursuit of the word, (that God expects us to view it as more than our necessary food), and finally at Godís partner to the word, (how He uses what He calls "affliction" to make us dependent and drive us to the Book). We now come to the place of the word. (How to get it into our lives so it will bear lasting fruit.) The object of Godís word is not simply education, though indeed education is essential. As we discussed earlier, it involves revelation, explanation, illumination, and finally simplification.

The whole goal of Godís teaching us from His word, as we found in the Sermon on the Mount, was for the Eternal God to take the absolutes that flow from His character and make them so simple, our only decision is whether or not we will obey. That is true Bible study. And as we look at todayís lesson, we will see that much of our reading, studying, and hearing of Godís word falls into the category of Susieís letter in the sand. It didnít take much effort to produce it, and it has very little likelihood of remaining intact when the waters of life rise on the horizon until they are about to crash on the seashore of your life and cause the sand castles you have built to wash away.

The key is: the word simply must remain. It must be put somewhere in a vault where it is safe, and yet where it is easily accessible. The Psalmist was well aware of that, and he made this principle an integral part of his explanation of what Godís word is and what it does.

It all has to do with a certain word; a word oftí misused and all too seldom obeyed. That word is meditation. It is the key ingredient in virtually all of the transforming work the Spirit does with the word in our lives, yet many Christians cannot define it, do not understand it, and seldom, if ever, practice it.

The Psalmist certainly did. Listen to his statements,

Psalm 119:23 "Thy servant meditates on thy statutes."

48 "I will meditate on thy statutes."

78 "I will meditate on thy precepts."

97 "Oh, how I love thy law... It is my meditation all the day."

99 "Thy testimonies are my meditation."

And those are only the verses where the word "meditation" is used. The principle, as we shall see, literally dominates the entire 119th Psalm. So we simply must ask ourselves some questions about meditation.

1- What is meditation?

2- What does meditation accomplish?

3- When do we meditate?

4- How do we meditate?

Truly, modern mis-uses of that term have frightened believers out of looking sincerely at what the living word of God commands us to do where this crucial principle is concerned. We need to examine it carefully, and if it is as important as the Psalmist and the rest of Scripture make it out to be, the rest of our lives must be decidedly affected by how we respond.

Just what is "meditation"? What was it the Psalmist was doing that so encouraged his heart? Two different Hebrew words are used to describe this activity. Both are translated "meditate" or "meditation". They are described in Hebrew dictionaries to mean this:

Meditate = thinking over with intent to do

to ponder, personalize, rehearse, or review

to chew over and digest for nourishment

The dictionary defines it like this:

meditate = to consider as something to be done or effected

to reflect or contemplate

to ponder or think over

Now most of us "meditate" a lot. That may be unfortunate, because meditation can be dangerous if we are not meditating on Godís word. Several keys emerge as we look at these definitions:

1- Meditation has to do with something you know.

2- Meditation involves thinking seriously about what you know.

3- Meditation involves personalizing what you know.

4- Meditation involves planning action based on what you know.

5- Meditation is similar to how a cow chews its cud. It involves calling something up to the mind to nourish it, chewing it over and over until it gives you strength or meets a need.

Those conclusions are evident based on the definitions weíve read. Summarizing them,

meditation = pondering, personalizing, rehearsing and reviewing something we already know with the intent of putting it into practice or making it work.

There are three major issues at stake where the Scripture is concerned:

1- How can we know it?

2- How do we ponder, personalize, rehearse and review it?

3- How important is it that we put it into practice?

There are three or four key passages in Scripture that define meditation and explain it better than any dictionary. Remember: if you really want to understand Godís word, before you run to a commentary or buy a book, compare Scripture with Scripture first. The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible. Letís look at Deuteronomy 6, Deuteronomy 11, Psalm 1, and Joshua 1 along with Psalm 119. As we do, letís ask God to "open our eyes that we may behold Godís nature through His word" and letís ask Him to "teach us"; to give us revelation, explanation, illumination, and simplification, that we might not simply gain theological knowledge, but rather gain understanding, that we may apply it unto wisdom.

"Heavenly Father, please open our eyes to the deeper truths in your word about meditation. Illuminate it, explain it, and make it so simple, our only choice is whether or not to obey. Then, Father, please give us the grace to do what you want us to do. In Jesusí Name, Amen"

First, meditation commanded: Joshua 1:8,9 says:

Josh. 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

Josh. 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Josh. 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

You will see a common thread in all these passages. It is the purpose of meditation. We will discuss it in detail in a later lesson. The purpose was always singular: that you may observe to do all that is written therein. It was not to be an end within itself. You donít meditate to make you feel better, though it will do that. You donít meditate to become more aware of Godís presence, though it will do that. You donít meditate to become more Scripturally literate, though it will do that. No, you meditate for one primary purpose. You have to get the word into your heart, so you can call it up, ponder it, personalize it, rehearse it, and review it, until it becomes such a part of your life that empowered by God, you obey it.

The second truth this passage makes clear is that in order to get it where it can become that much a part of you, you have to memorize it. It must not depart out of your mouth. You cannot meditate on something you do not know. Remember? That is the cardinal rule of meditation. It is pondering, personalizing, rehearsing, and reviewing, something you know for the purpose of doing it.

The third truth is that it wonít work unless we do it constantly, continually, and faithfully. "Day and night". More about that in the next passage.

The next passage is in Deuteronomy 6, where we read this interesting explanation of what God expected of His children, once they had His word on tablets of stone:

6:1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:

2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.

3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

You see once again, all of the elements of meditation described, explained, illuminated, and simplified in this one passage. If you are going to be spiritually successful, and dwell in the land of promise with spiritual prosperity, you must put the word of God into your heart. The NAS says:

"And these words which I am commanding you this day, shall be on your heart."

"Inscribed on your heart" might be a better translation. Thatís whatís implied. You have to put it there. You have to memorize it. Iíve read these passages over and over and over, and I cannot explain it any other way. Believe me, Iíve tried. Memorizing Scripture is not something you do because some particular Christian group promotes it. It isnít something we have children do so they can relieve themselves of that responsibility while theyíre young. Itís a lifetime assignment for every born-again child of God who wants to possess the land God has given him. He or she has to put the word on their hearts so itíll be in their hearts when they need it.

Weíll talk more in our next study about how to specifically, practically memorize the word. For now, however, just remember, it is a given. If youíre going to walk with God the way He intends, you have to learn to meditate day and night. If youíre going to meditate, youíve got to memorize.

Youíre not going to drive down the freeway, peeling open your Bible, looking for that verse God wants you to ponder and personalize. Itís got to be in your heart. Youíre not going to leave the light on all night, so that if you wake up, you can wake up the rest of the house, grab a concordance, and try to find that verse that God seems to be impressing on you, so you can pray through it. Itís got to be in your heart.

Youíre not going to tell that clerk in the store who is offending you to wait a minute while you go out in your car, get your Bible, and look up that passage on turning the other cheek, so you can personalize it. Itís got to be in your heart.

Youíre not going to be able to stop and run to the book store and buy another Bible and look up those passages on resisting the devil every time that crucial temptation that so ensnares you appears on the horizon of your life. Itís got to be in your heart.

You canít wait until you find it and read it any more than you can wait to buy gas until you decide to use the car. When the baby is sick, or someone needs you to pick them up, or you have to meet someone you love, itís too late to go out in the garage, find the gas can, walk to the station, buy gas, pour it in, prime the car, and try to remember where you were going. Itís got to be in your car.

And the fuel the Holy Spirit uses to run the engine of your life is the word of God implanted there by memorization and review, and etched there indelibly by the process of meditation. You donít have to do it to be recognized in the Christian community. You donít even have to do it to have a ministry. But you have to do it if you really want to possess the land of promises God has left for you to take.

Deuteronomy 11 reiterates this truth,

18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:

21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

Do you get the picture? Frontlets before your eyes: the Word of God. Written on the doorposts of your house: the word of God. When youíre sitting in your house, what do you think about, talk about, and meditate on? The word of God. When youíre "walking by the way" (going about your daily routine) what do you think about? The word of God. When you lie down at night what should be the last thoughts on your heart as you go to sleep? The word of God. When you awaken in the morning, what should be the first thing that pops into your head? The word of God.

When problems arise, you call on the word. When temptation comes, you call on the word. When decisions are to be made, you call on the word. When youíre weary of well-doing, you call on the word. When youíre offended or persecuted and want to retaliate, you call on the word. When your mate or someone you love becomes unlovable and you donít know how to respond, you call on the word. When you are grieving, you call on the word. When you are happy, you call on the word. As you pray, you call on the word. As you praise, you call on the word. As you witness, you call on the word.

It isnít something you have. Itís something that has you. Your every thought, your every response, your every decision is rooted, grounded, entrenched, and reinforced by the word of God. It isnít a textbook you turn to for theological debate. It is a living word from a living God to make living godly. But unless it is where God can get hold of it and call it to your mind so you can ponder it and personalize it, you are asking God to feed you from an empty spoon. You are asking God to make the car run, but youíve never bothered to put in the gas.

Frontlets between your eyes? You bet. That means itís so engraved on your heart that you interpret everything in life through the word, rather than interpreting the word through everything in life. Your theology isnít based on your experience. Youíre experience is evaluated based on the word.

On the doorposts of your house? You bet. That means everywhere you look, there is Scripture. You write it on cards and paste it on the dashboard. You record it on cassettes and play it in the car. You make lists of passages that are changing your life and keep those lists in your briefcase, your purse, or on your desk or the kitchen table.

Everywhere you turn, the word of God. Everywhere you go, the word of God. It isnít something you go to church to get. Deuteronomy 30 explains,

9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:

10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

When you need it, the word isnít to be something you hunt for at church or at a book store or on a tape or in the life of some friend for guidance. Oh, itís in all those places. But itís supposed to be very near to your heart and in your mouth.

Notice, all those verses put the word both in your heart and in your mouth. "On the tip of your tongue" would be a better translation. You donít have to grope for it when the enemy attacks. You donít have to scramble for it when trouble strikes. Youíve been meditating on it day and night and itís such a natural part of your conscious mind that the first thought you have is from the Scripture.

It isnít an overnight thing. Itís a lifetime process. But itís never too late to start. And itís never the right time to put it off. Psalm, chapter one tells us the difference,

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

The difference between Godís man and the wicked can best be determined by what they put into their mind. Godís man consistently, deliberately, rather than running with the wrong crowd, spends his time meditating on Godís word. He ponders it, personalizes it, rehearses it, and reviews it, with one goal in mind: to obey it.

As time goes by, something happens to him. He becomes different. He becomes stable, like a tree. He becomes fruitful, like a tree planted by rivers of water. He becomes helpful. The fruit he brings forth feeds others; his branches give shade to others. Why? Because he is such a hard-working tree? No, he planted himself by the water. He never stopped meditating on the word of God.

What will meditation do for you? Back to Psalm 119. There we see just a few of the many blessings God pours into your life as you, like that tree, stand there by the river and drink of its nourishment night and day.

1- It will give you the power to resist temptation.

Itís the only thing that will. Psalm 119 says,

9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

You try it. Memorize passages that confront the issue that is tearing your life apart: your besetting sins. And memorize passages that relate to that aspect of the nature of God that defies that sin. Then meditate on those passages: as you walk by the way, as you sit down, as you rise up, as you go to sleep, as you wake up. Talk to your children about them. Pray through them. Personalize them. Appropriate them. Then watch what happens the next time the enemy comes at you with the same old line. Suddenly, Godís word comes into your mind, on the tip of your tongue. He says, "It is written!" Something wonderful happens. You have strength. You have resolve. You have grace. You resist the devil, and he flees from you. You drew nigh unto God and He strengthened you. How did you do it? "These words were on your heart." Engraved on it. Satan has no defense against that. What else does it do?

2- It gives you Godís perspective in times of affliction.

Psalm 119:23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

Times got hard. The enemies were real. The Psalmist got a bad deal. The mechanic didnít fix his chariot, but he charged him anyway. The doctor mis-diagnosed his illness. The children didnít show up at the temple when they were supposed to. The shoemaker forgot to fix his sandals. His boss blamed him for someone elseís mistake. Taxes are high. Jobs are few. What a rotten life. What did he do? Strike back? Get depressed? Blame God? He was tempted to do all those things. But what he did was meditate on the word of God instead. It didnít change his circumstances. Ah, but it completely changed his perspective.

3- It gives you words of praise with which to worship God.

Ever wish you just had the right words to say when you pray? Ever wish you could find the words to adequately tell God what His wonder and majesty mean to you? Then meditate on Godís word. It will fill your heart with Scripture; Scripture you can pray back to God as an anthem of worship.

Psalm 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

He couldnít stop praising God. Why? Because he was meditating in His word. It was engraved on his heart. Whenever his mind was in neutral, then, instead of pondering his problems, he praised his God.

4- Meditating on Godís word gives you wisdom; the kind of discernment that allows you to speak with authority, to make wise decisions, to keep godly priorities.

Psalm 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

What made him so wise? He had understanding that confounded his enemies. He had wisdom that made his teachers seek him out. He discovered truth that even the great minds of the past didnít grasp. Why? Great intellect? No. Incredible education? No. special parents? No. He meditated on Godís word. He loved it. It was his life. And because it was, his life became the epitome of godly wisdom. People came from all over just to seek his counsel. Because heíd read the latest books? No because he read The Book. And he read it and he read it and he read it. Then he memorized it. Then he let it flow through his mind every waking moment. As he walked, as he worked, as he waited, as he wondered, he meditated on Godís word. And he was wiser than all men. You can be too. You have the same word from the same God. You just have to pay the price to put those words on your heart.

5- The word builds hunger and awe for itself.

The more you meditate, the more you want to. Donít wait till you get a hunger for it to start. Start because God said to. The hunger will multiply as you taste it and see it work in your life. The Psalmist was clear about that.

Psalms 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

The more you meditate, the more respect you have for Godís word, Godís ways, and Godís works. It just stands to reason. As God exalts His name through His word, you honor His word in your heart. It is a natural by-product. Donít wait until you "feel" like it. Once it begins to take hold of you, youíll feel like it. Until you do, Satan will try to tell you itís not working.

In future studies we will look at how to memorize, how to meditate, how to appropriate, and what it means to "keep" Godís word. Weíll look for revelation, explanation, illumination, and simplification of those principles.

For now, however, letís close by taking a hard look at our own lives. The purpose for studying Godís truth is to change us into His likeness. This is not a dissertation on meditation for you to file under "M" in your file drawer in case you want to win an argument some day. This is not a treatise on Scripture memory for you to use to badger your children into memory work. This is God speaking to you. This is God speaking to me. Directly from His precious word. And what He is saying is: If we are not spending our every waking moment contemplating His word, we are missing the blessing of the Spirit-controlled life. He is saying that Godís man or woman meditates in Godís word day and night.

He eventually becomes like a tree planted by rivers of water. But it doesnít happen overnight. He has to memorize it and he has to memorize it in ways that apply to his real needs. He has to ponder it; think about seriously as he walks by the way, as he rises up, as he goes to bed at night. Itís everywhere he looks. He sees to that. Without the discipline which follows a specific decision to become like that tree at whatever the cost, he will come to the end of his life, only to find he never became the tree he was meant to be. Maybe he was a shrub that held a little greenery. Maybe he was a plant that grew among the weeds. Maybe he was a little tree that did okay until the high winds came along, or until someone tried to climb in its branches and it fell over.

At some point, Mr. Tree made a decision. He planted himself by the water and stayed there. Not because it was such a fun place to be. Because it was the only place to be. The storms came. He stood his ground. The winds blew. He stood his ground. The floods rose up as the river overflowed. he stood his ground. He never considered not staying there. Thatís where God wanted him to be.

And thatís where God wants you to be. Meditating day and night that you may observe to do all that is written therein. Like Billy in the opening illustration, you can have Godís truth engraved in granite where it will always be available for you to cling to, or like Susie, you can just keep coming to church, listening to sermons, reading books, and you will grow some, to be sure. But youíll never be that tree. When the winds blow hard enough on the shoreline of your life, the letter you have written with the pen of your heart will not be able to withstand the onslaught of those waves that beat upon the coast. And unlike those who have engraved it in the bedrock of their hearts, you will not have the strength to stand.

Why not just take one passage of Scripture this week? If need be, one verse. Why not take Joshua 1:8,9. Or Psalm 1:1-2. Or Deuteronomy 6:1-9, or any other passage we have studied in this lesson. Begin by meditating on what God says about meditation. Put the verses in the first person. Pray "This book of the law shall not depart out of my mouth. But I will meditate therein day and night that I may observe to do all that is written therein." Then ask God to bring to your remembrance some of things He has called you to observe to do. One of them is to lay this book on your heart until you literally breathe its words.

Purpose in your heart that never again will the enemy steal from you the resolve God has put in your heart to engrave His word there. It will change your life. You will become wiser than your enemies; wiser than your teachers; wiser than the ancients. You will, beloved, become like a tree.

Not just any tree. A very, very special tree. A tree planted by rivers of water that gives forth its fruit in its season. Jeremiah describes that tree in Jeremiah 17:8

"...a tree planted by the waters and that spreads out her roots by the river, that shall not wilt when heat comes but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be anxious in the year of the drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

What a tree. What a promise. What a challenge. And the challenge is yours. You can begin this week and never, ever stop until Jesus comes: memorizing, meditating, personalizing and pondering His precious words.

Or you can just keep on saying, "Someday I will..." Until one day, He calls you home, and you realize you never did.

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