“Hiding GOD’S Word in Our Hearts”: Psalm 119:11
Psalm 119 8-11:
8: I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!
9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
How do I Hide God’s Word in my heart? When I think of hiding, as in this context, I think of concealing something of great value in a place where it cannot be stolen, or tarnished. I place the Word of God into the deepest parts of my mind, so that I can savour it, meditate upon it, regurgitate it, redigest it and treasure it. This allows God’s Word to permeate the fibers of who I am. It would then shape my thoughts and create the filter through which I process life.
“I place the Word of God into the deepest parts of my mind, so that I can savour it, meditate upon it, regurgitate it, redigest it and treasure it…”
The result of this “hiding” is that I will not sin against God. You see, often times, when we sin, it is because we have found a way to justify sins to ourselves within our own minds. Whether we told ourselves that we were right to do what we did, or that we could do no better given the circumstances, or that God would understand, or that we couldn’t do without the sin…etc etc. The reasoning process occurs within the mind. Our will and our emotions are informed by what we store up in our minds. If the Word of God abides there, it acts as an antibody to the lies that we would typically believe about sin. The Word rises up and reminds us what God’s standard is, and illuminates a clear and righteous path for us to take, and so sin can be averted.
The Word of God is such a treasure to us! It really is the tool that God has given us to navigate life on every level. Let us hide it in our hearts!