不僅背誦經文,更要讓主的話掌管你的心思和生命…

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2012-11-07 靈命日糧 : 由心發出

我將祢的話藏在心裡,免得我得罪祢。—詩篇119篇11節

年幼的時候,我的鋼琴老師堅持讓我背譜。她不但要求我完美無誤地彈完一首曲子,我還必須靠著記憶彈完好幾首曲子。她的理由是,她不希望她的學生在受邀彈琴時,回答說:「對不起,我沒有帶譜。」

孩童時期,我也背誦聖經經句,包括詩篇119篇11節。在我有限的理解力中,我以為我只要背出這些經文,就可以使我不犯罪。因此我努力地背誦聖經,甚至還贏得了獎品──慕迪聖經故事書。

雖然背誦聖經是一個值得培養的好習慣,但是背誦聖經並不能使我們遠離罪惡。在我贏得了背誦獎不久之後,我就明白了:雖然我的腦海裡有諸多經文,但這似乎對我的行為毫無影響。只靠記住經文不僅不能夠勝過罪惡,反而只會衍生罪咎感。

後來,我終於明白上帝的話語必須融入我整個生命當中。我必須消化背下來的經文,將它藏在心裡,就像音樂家背樂譜一樣,隨時能彈奏出充滿感情的樂曲。我必須將聖經落實在生命裡,而不只是能夠背出經文。只有當上帝的話語掌管我們的生命時,罪惡就不能再影響我們。JAL

聖經深入我心,
順服自然流露;
我能像祢樣式,
全因救主緣故。

不僅背誦經文,更讓主的話掌管你的心思和生命。

 


 

From Head To Heart

Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. —Psalm 119:11

My childhood piano teacher was a stickler for memorization. Being able to play a piece without error was not enough. I had to play several pieces flawlessly by memory. Her reasoning was this: She didn’t want her students to say, when asked to play, “I’m sorry, I don’t have my music with me.”

As a child, I also memorized Bible passages, including Psalm 119:11. Due to my limited understanding, I believed that simple memorization would keep me from sin. I worked hard at memorizing verses, and I even won a Moody Bible Story Book as an award.

Although memorizing the Bible is a good habit to develop, it’s not the act of memorizing that keeps us from sin. As I learned soon after my winning efforts, having the words of Scripture in my head made little difference in my behavior. In fact, instead of victory over sin, knowledge alone generated feelings of guilt.

Eventually I realized that the Word of God had to spread through my whole being. I needed to internalize Scripture, to hide it “in my heart” the way a musician does a piece of music. I had to live the Bible as well as I could quote it. As God’s Word spreads from our heads to our hearts, sin loses its power over us.

O Lord, my God, may Your Word become so

much a part of me that obedience comes

naturally and cheerfully from my heart.

Change me andmold me into Your image.

Let God’s Word fill your memory, rule your heart,

and guide your life.

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