Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Imagine facing a particular situation where you felt powerless and helpless to do anything, yet you remembered (Psalm 46:1) “God is our refuge of strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Or imagine facing the loss of a job or the loss of a loved one and in your grief, you remembered the words, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26)
Or perhaps, for some unknown reason, you find yourself down in the dark hole of depression or anxiety and you can’t seem to get out, but you recall Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Or imagine facing all the troubles of the day that tend to pile up with Lamentations 3:22-23 fresh on your mind, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
But what if those verses didn’t come to your mind? What if you had to face those circumstances with only vague notions that God was out there somewhere? What if you had no bedrock of truth upon which to stand?
I think that’s where “letting the word of Christ dwell in you richly” comes in. Not just reading the Word or receiving teaching on it, but letting it dwell, that is, letting it have a home in your heart.
“How does that happen?” you ask, hoping I don’t use the “M” word. Answer: You fix it in your mind, you learn it by heart, you commit it to your consciousness. There. I didn’t say “memorize.” Oops.
Commit yourself to letting one verse dwell richly in you. Choose a verse that is meaningful to you or you can use the Monthly Memory Verse card found at the welcome cart (There is a new verse for August!). Repeat each phrase until you have it without looking. Then add the next phrase until the verse is at home in your heart.
Now that you have it, don’t stop there. Don’t simply let it have a home in your heart. Let it dwell “richly.” “How does that happen?” you ask. Answer: Think about it. Let it roll around in your mind. Look at it from all sides. Ask questions of it. Like honeycomb (Psalm 19:10b), suck all the sweetness out of it by cherishing every word. Use your travel time, shower time, or laundry time and get into the Word by getting the Word into you.
Grab a friend and challenge each other to let Christ’s word dwell in you richly. It will be well worth the effort.