The Palmist said, “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.” (Psalm 119:114)
And a contemporary songwriter wrote these words based on that verse, “You are my hiding place. You preserve me from trouble. You always fill my heart with songs of deliverance. Whenever I am afraid I will trust in you. Let the weak say “I am strong in the strength of the Lord.” 1
It is the Lord’s joy to do all of that for us. It is his joy when we know that he is our inner hiding place, and that we can go there any time we need to or want to. It is his joy to fill our hearts with songs of deliverance from whatever tempts us to think that somewhere else is our hiding place. It gives the Lord joy when we trust in him instead of letting our fear take us somewhere else. It is his joy when we allow his strength to make us strong. His strength undergirds us when we are broken-hearted. His...
How many Scripture verses can you recite from memory? Perhaps you know a verse or two from Psalm 23 – you know – “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…” Or maybe you know the whole Psalm by heart. Or how about this verse from Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation, of whom then shall I be afraid?”
When we know Bible verses from memory, they become part of our mental furniture, and they go with us wherever we go. And when we need comfort or strength, there is that verse popping up in our mind.
What about this Scripture for comfort and strength from Matthew 11:28-30.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Many Christians have memorized...