Friday, July 31, 2015

Fond Memories

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands. (Psalm 143:5 NAS)

Fond Memories
Fond memories are often all that is left after visiting a place faraway that we have no intention to revisit. The only few things that help keep our memories alive of such a place are photos and souvenirs.

There was a time I used to fill up my closets with photo albums before the digital camera was popularized. Till this day, my wife and I have showcases and containers of the many souvenirs we purchased during our vacations and family retreats. All these photos and souvenirs are fondly loved by all of us in the family because of the precious memories we treasure of the fun time we spent together.

In a sense, the word of God is like a souvenir given by God to help us remember His teachings and what He had done for us. Like photos of imagery in our minds, God’s word showcases His expressed love to us through the scenes of the Old and New Testament, the works our Lord had done to save us, and the future that awaits us.

God’s word exhorts us to remember the days of old, to meditate on all His doings, muse on His deeds and the work of His hands, and to understand His precepts. We are to treasure God’s word in our heart that we might not sin against Him (Psalm 143:5; 77:12; 119:11, 15, 27).

Do we treasure God’s word like the way we cherish our photos and souvenirs? Do we love the word of God enough to spend time to meditate on it and refresh our minds with what we learn from within? Are we keeping and treasuring God’s word in our hearts to muse, meditate, and understand the precepts of God? 

God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. In His word is where we gain understanding of His precepts. Let us not forget the word of God but open our eyes to behold wonderful things from it (Psalm 119:104-105, 16, 18).

Dear Lord, thank You for the Holy Scriptures that You have placed in our hands so we might remember the days of old to meditate on it and muse over Your doings so we might know You more intimately. Your word is eternal and stands firm in the heavens, a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. We treasure Your word in our hearts that we might not sin against You.

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