FAMILY DEVOTION FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16
Theme: Knowledge For Life – Living A Legacy
by Phil Simpson
“Thy word have I laid up in my heart, That I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11)
Have you ever had to make a choice about something and wondered what to do? Choices are something we make every day. We use all the knowledge and experience we have gained to this point in our life so far to make these decisions. Some decisions are small and easily made. Other decisions are harder and more complex. The more we know and experience, the better decisions we can make.
So how should we prepare for life and its decisions? We go to school to learn some of it. School is something most of us are made to do, and we decide how long we are going to go to school. We also learn from the things that happen to us. These life experiences, good and bad, help build the knowledge that we will use tomorrow for those decisions.
We can also choose to learn from the wisdom of others. Many times family and friends can give us advice. But the most important place we can get wisdom for decisions big and small is the Bible.
The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:11. “Thy words have I laid up in my heart.” What he means is he has studied and learned from God’s Word, the Bible. By studying and memorizing the Bible we get wisdom for life’s decisions from God’s point of view. After all He created the world and so it only makes sense that we should look to him for instructions on how to live in it.
The Psalmist goes on to say God’s Word shows him what to do. It helps him make decisions. (Psalm 119:105) This verse means Gods word can guide us through the rough patches in life, places where we need to be very careful with every step, and it also gives us direction for life when the going is easier.
“103How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104Through thy precepts I get understanding: Therefore I hate every false way. 105Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:103-105)
For his Word to be a lamp to our feet, we have to know what it says. In vs 11 it says the Psalmist, “Laid up,” God’s Word in his heart. The KJV says “Hid in my heart.” This means diligent study. Memorizing God’s word is a wonderful way to hide it in your heart. This puts it in your memory, in your knowledge and experience, for when you have to make a choice.
SEE REVERSE SIDE FOR THIS WEEK’S “FAMILY CONNECT”
Family Connection: Biblical Wisdom
Have each member of your family share their favorite Bible verse. If the kids are too young to have a favorite verse or a life verse take this time to think about what verse you would like for your child and commit it to memory this week.