I'm so excited about this verse! I usually don't use the verse that Beth Moore is using, but this time, God just spoke a special word of, "YES!" into my heart when I read it!
"Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name."
Malachi 3:16 (NIV)
(here is what B.Moore says about this verse. doesn't it make you excited to talk to others about our Lord?!?!)
"Try to grasp what that Scripture suggests. Every time we boast in the Lord with each other - face-to-face, on the phone, picking the kids up at school, in the women's restroom at church, over email, on the blog - He stops to "listen and hear." Two different words are described for the attentiveness of His response. God listens. God HEARS. Scripture doesn't waste words. (John 21:25) If it uses several different descriptions to say the same general thing, we need to take notice because that intensity is meant to turn up the volume.
The next sentence indicates that a secretary in the Kingdom of Heaven literally records either the occasion or perhaps the conversation itself on something called "a scroll of remembrance." I don't know about you but over the course of my life time, I want to keep that secretary writing as fast as his hand can fly across that scroll. Even this moment, an historical record is being kept of our communication in His Name. That's too much, isn't it? GIVE HIM PLENTY OF STUFF TO WRITE ABOUT, GIRLFRIEND."
We are memorizing this verse as a reminder of the joy that comes when we speak about what the Lord is doing to others. May this be an encouragement to you also.
Happy President's Day 2009!