Text “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:” Proverbs 3:1
In the course of life, we see, read, and hear many things. Most of them can be readily cast aside or discarded from our memory. While this may be true about most things, it is not truth about everything! The first thing that we notice is the article of remembrance, “my law.” The law that Solomon was making reference to is God’s law. The word “law” means a precept or statute especially the Ten Commandments or the Pentateuch (first five books). If there is one thing worth remembering in life, it is the precepts and principles of God’s Word. Solomon reminds us of the act of remembrance, “forget not.” The word “forget” means to mislay, to be oblivious from want of memory or attention. The idea is not of rejection, but remoteness! Putting God’s Word somewhere that it does not get in the way of our doing what we want. We come to church with the Word in our hand, but not in our heart! The Psalmist said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). The Word was given a preeminent place in the Psalmist’s will as well as his intellect. The Word was the very center of everything! Solomon concludes with the attributes of remembrance, “shall they add to thee” (vs.2). When the Word is given its rightful place, it adds to the quantity (days) and the quality (life) of life. While it is not stated, it is suggested by the text; disregard for the Word can subtract from life. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4 What you remember will add or subtract from your life!