Keep this book on your lips

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Joshua son of Nun stood at the edge of Canaan charged with leading Israel’s army to conquer multiple cities. What was the instruction given by God to ensure his success?

Joshua 1:7,8 “Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

To win a military campaign, Joshua needed to meditate and obey God’s word, day and night. There was a causal link between knowing God’s word and his success.

We can make two choices for God’s word to be “on our lips”. We can read the bible every day. To encourage this, we have a shared bible reading program people can join. We can also memorise scripture. When scripture is embedded in our mind and heart, we have ready access to Gods word at any time. It becomes for us a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps 119:105). It also dwells in us, shaping our thoughts and attitudes towards God. Dallas Willard writes the “simplest and most effective way of mind renewal in Christ is memorization of Scripture: large passages of it as well as individual verses.”

We have a monthly memory verse challenge. Last month was a tough passage of 39 verse. This month is only 6 verses from Psalm 1. Why not take up the opportunity to keep God’s word always on your lips.


Jason (Photo by Carolyn V on Unsplash)