He Memorized It All

I have been listening to a fascinating audio book which reveals the inside secrets of the American Navy Seals who were tasked with the eradication of Osama bin Laden. “No Easy Day” is a revealing tell of the training of its author in years of preparation for the most infamous assignment.

As part of the biographical sketch given of Bin Laden, the author affirms that Osama Bin Laden had memorized the entire Qu’ran in Arabic. Wow! Now that’s some memory project!

One of our students at TBS is tackling Psalm 119, the 22 stanza celebration of the word of God. In 176 verses the author portrays the nature and impact of God’s Word. This psalm is an acrostic poem; the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Surely this is an aid to memorization!

Hebrew poetry drives home its punch with parallelism, repeated truths stated in new ways.

Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart.
They do nothing wrong;
they walk in his ways.

In just 3 verses, the psalmist declares the unfathomable benefit of setting one’s life by the pattern laid out in God’s word. Their obedience, their pursuit of God, their passion for holiness bears fruit.

What lasting result did Osama bin Laden reap from having his mind saturated with the Qu’ran? What was the fruit of such meditation? Were his ways blameless? Was his conduct shaped by the LORD?

May we fill our minds with truth, the LORD’s truth, the truth that will produce in us the very character of Jesus Christ!

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