Let the Word Dwell in You

Does the Word live in you? The Christian should live in the Word, and the Word should live in the Christian. Does Scripture have residence in your heart and mind? Does the Bible have a voice in your conversations? Does Scripture have a place in your life?

Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” In the book of Deuteronomy God commanded the Israelites to keep His words in their heart, to speak of them often with their children, to keep His laws always in front of their eyes and to give them a place of prominence. God’s Word must be on our minds, in our hearts and our lips. Christians ought to cling to the truths of the Word. We give careful attendance to the Word, tending it in our own hearts so it will grow and prosper. We do not abandon the Word for any reason. We do not explain it away, disregard it or downplay it’s importance.

Memorization is a great tool to help build a place for the Bible within you. More important than memorization is meditation with intentional application. Meditation remains interested in Scripture throughout the day. This may be a focus on a single verse, a larger passage or a broad overview of Biblical themes. The uncouth analogy of meditation that annoys an unnamed relative of mine is that of a cow chewing its cud. Take the Word in and frequently regurgitate it to chew it over again and again. Keep chewing on it until you get every last bit of goodness out of the passage.

Meditation without application is dangerous. The one who meditates on the Word may become an expert in factual matters, but without obedience to the Word he is little better than the scribes of Jesus’ day. The scribes could discuss at great length the minutia of Scripture, but they did not truly understand how it applied to their lives. The Word is given to inform us and to transform us into Christlikeness. The Bible tells us many interesting facts, but its primary purpose is not education. It’s primary purpose is exaltation of God through regeneration and edification. In other words, God is glorified in you and I through the saving work of the Word and the ongoing work of Scripture to make us like Jesus.

The command of Hebrews 2:1 is to give very careful attention to the truths we have learned. The parable of the sower illustrates how quickly the Word of God can be stolen away. Satan does all he can to keep the Word from taking root. The world is constantly pressing in upon us to choke out the life giving work of the Word. We must be very careful that nothing steals the truths of God’s Word from our hearts.