Monday, February 1, 2010

To follow is the only free road...

Well, I'm beginning my 2010 Scripture memory journey! I skipped over January, so I'm beginning with a passage of three verses to "catch up!" Since the celebration in Houston with Beth Moore, one verse in particular in Psalm 119 has continued to resonate - verse 32.

I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free

So often, we're convinced that freedom is "out there" somewhere, in the wild, untamed jungle of life. But it's impossible to run through that kind of jungle without getting entangled in vines, scratched and bruised by branches or stumbling into unexpected obstacles. You can only run with free, wild abandon on the path - a path made smooth by a loving God.

I love the way the topic of freedom is addressed in The Reason for God (a book I'm re-reading for the third time). The author, Timothy Keller, reasons that freedom is not the absence of restrictions but finding the right ones, "the liberating restrictions." He gives the example of giving up time to practice and strengthen a natural talent or ability. "You've deliberately lost your freedom to engage in some things in order to release yourself to a richer kind of freedom to accomplish other things."

Keller also uses the example of love - the most liberating loss of freedom. In love, we have to lose independence to gain intimacy...and we're happy to do so!

Back to memory work! I'm working on Psalm 119:30-32...

I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set my heart on your laws.

I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD;
do not let me be put to shame.

I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free.

One more reflection from Beth's teaching on Psalm 119. The Psalmist uses a variety of words for the revelation of God - precepts, word, statutes, commands, teachings, testimonies, judgments, promises. The word "law" is used frequently, but not in the way we might translate it - a list of "do's and don'ts." The word law is more accurately translated as teachings, instructions, communication. One of the main things that sets us apart as the people of God is the fact that He speaks to us. This passage is my prayer - for me and for you.

(If you're memorizing Scripture, I'd love to hear from you! Let me know what verses - and why! I love to know the stories behind the choices!)


ABCreations said...

Love this Leslie!

Anonymous said...

Hey Leslie! I'm going to try to post my scripture. Hope this works!!

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

These 2 scriptures are such a comfort to me! No matter what mess I’ve made in my life His love and mercies never run out or dry up. When I let the world distract me and lose my way, He doesn’t just say, “that’s it – you’re outta chances”! He is faithful! When I’m so easily distracted with doubts and busyness, He is there. When I’m scared and confused, He is my rock! When I question which step to take next, He is faithful to guide me! I like how the Amplified Bible reads:

22It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.
23They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 Amplified Bible

I’m going to be memorizing 2 scriptures every month – one on the first that I will focus on for 14 days and then another one on the fifteenth. One of my fb friends, Leslie started the Siesta Scripture Memory Team last year with Beth Moore. Reading her blogs on the verses was a great inspiration to me. She is doing it again this year and I decided to join in with her. I’ll be posting twice a month and would LOVE to have some of you gals participating too. If you decide to try memory scripture too just post your verses twice a month. I’ll setup a category on my blog and you can add your scriptures here so we can follow along together. If you have any questions, give me a call. I’m looking forward to reading your verses each month and hearing how God is moving in your life through His word.