Saying It Out Loud
Verses 12-13 Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
Yesterday we talked about the importance of memorizing the Word and today we move slightly to how that can connect with our praise.
It is too easy for us to keep our faith to ourselves and be private about it. In fact, our society makes no secret that they desire we would keep it private. We don't have to wonder why because we know the power of the Word to convict and point out sin.
The psalmist says that he praises the Lord and wants to be taught His decrees. Being taught is different than just being told. The psalmist didn't just want to know what the law was, he wanted to know what it was about. It is the difference of knowing the command that we aren't to take God's name in vain and knowing that we can take His name in vain by saying we are His but acting against His law and will.
One of the techniques of teaching is repetition. Repetition helps us set things to memory as it makes a deeper memory pattern in our brain. The psalmist knew that by repeating the truth it would be growing roots into his heart and life. He further says that he is repeating them aloud. While that may seem like a strange thing to us, it was a common thing in Israel. They recited various things including the law, even as a family.
We also recite things together as a Church family. When we say the Apostle's Creed together we are reciting the truth of our faith. The psalms are songs that would be utilized both as individuals and as a group of God's people. When we sing together in church we are reciting the goodness of God together. It is a unifying activity. The same is true when we recite the law out loud.
Making It Personal
How often do you verbalize Scripture? How much easier would it be for you to memorize Scripture if you heard yourself recite it? Have you started memorizing a verse that you repeat aloud a few times daily?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you feel uncomfortable saying verses out loud? Why is it important to say verses together? Who could you learn verses with?
Father, thank You for a voice to speak and sing Your Word. Give us a desire to speak out loud what You are teaching us in the verses we memorize. In Jesus' name, amen.