Once in a while, often by chance, we record a moment of creative genius. Someone says something unique or comes up with a life-changing idea, and we instinctively grab for a pen or a cell phone. “Hold that thought!” we say. “Someone write that down!” We describe such moments as capturing “lightning in a bottle.”
Have you ever thought that in the Bible, we have God’s lightning in a book? The Bible is alive with the life of God. When you read it, don’t you have the rather unnerving sense that Someone else is reading you? The psalmist states: “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Ps. 119:11). Can you imagine anything more powerful, more life-changing than capturing such a book in your heart? Think of what happens when we do.
The power of God enters our hearts. The book of God begins with a display of effortless, verbal omnipotence. God’s word obliterates the status quo. When He speaks, nothing remains the same; everything changes. With a word, God brings forth the dimensions of space, the beginning of time, the hummingbird’s blurring wings, the heart of the blue whale—which, by the way, is the size of a small car and pumps nearly sixty gallons of blood with every stroke. With His words, God also made the stars. What might happen if you hid such power in your heart?
The life of God enters our hearts. By nature, we are beyond sick; we are dead in sin. Salvation brings new life, a new birth into the soul. This comes, Peter says, through the living and abiding Word of God (1 Peter 1:23). James affirms the same: “Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth” (James 1:18, emphasis added). The verb that James uses denotes the birthing of new life. If you want to nourish the life of God in your soul, memorize Scripture.
The Son of God enters our hearts. Referencing God’s first creative act (Gen. 1:3), Paul declares, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6, emphasis added). In other words, if the generation of the first creation comes through the spoken word of God, the regeneration of the new creation in the hearts of God’s people comes through the living Word of God as well (John 1:1–14). If you want Jesus in your heart, hide His Word there (Col. 3:16).