Scripture always tells Bible characters to keep God’s word close. In Joshua 1:8, Joshua is commanded to keep “this book of Law” always in his lips. In Psalm 119:11, the psalmist purpose in his heart to “hide God’s word in his heart”. Other versions of Psalm 119 said “I treasured your word”.
In so many passages we see spending time in the word as an essential part of the relationship with God. Just like when you miss a loved one who’s traveling or who passed away and you keep listening to that voice mail or reading that letter… as a way to reconnect with them.
There was this dad in Long Island who was fighting a serious health condition and thought he’d die in months. Entrepreneurs Joe Loew decided to record heartfelt video messages to be sent to his kids after he’s gone. So Loew, began recording videos he wanted his kids to see in the future — answering questions he thought they might one day have about life, work, marriage and parenting.
The Bible is like that, messages on how to live your life to the fullest from the one who gave His life for us.
And the Bible characters knew that…and they choose to purposely keep God’s word very close to them. Because they missed God. God knew we were going to miss him. So He gave us the Bible… so we could meditate in his words day and night. Like David says in Psalms 1:2.
And the ultimate demonstration of God’s love happened when “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Jesus is the ultimate demonstration of how God wants to be close to us. That’s why David treasured scripture on his heart, and that’s why we should do the same