The Pack Rat is alive and well! Today we are storing valuables and junk, heirlooms we want to pass on and old bicycles we just can’t let go. Fancy furniture and worthless TV’s, good stuff and bad stuff -- it doesn’t matter! If we can store it, we will keep it. That is why self-storage is big business. There are 2.2 billion square feet of rentable space in this country, or the equivalent of 78 square miles under one roof.1 If you've got stuff, there's space!
God is a big proponent of mini storage. Read the words of the Psalmist and you will agree that he wants you to become a Pack Rat of sorts:
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:9-11 ESV)
Most of us stopped memorizing Scripture after we left Sunday School. We thought it was kid’s stuff, but God says it is important stuff. Storing up God's Word, packing all of it we can into the nooks and crannies of our hearts, is God's idea of mini storage. When I stash God’s Word in my heart, it gives me his perspective on life. It also brings his blessing. Psalm 119 outlines the returns for those who bank his word in the vault of their hearts:
- More wisdom than my enemies (Psalm 119:98)
- More understanding than my teachers (Psalm 119:99)
- More clarity in uncertain times (Psalm 119:105)
- More strength in unhappy times (Psalm 1119:28)
- More value than big bucks (Psalm 119:72)
- More certainty than "I hope so" and "good luck" (Psalm 119:89, 160)
When it comes to God's Word, it's always good to be a Pack Rat.
STAY FOCUSED TODAY:Write out Psalm 119:9-11 and memorize it this week.
1Self Storage Association Fact Sheet. See www.self-storage.org. Accessed October 25, 2010.