Reading and memorizing Scripture as a kid is something that has stayed with me throughout my life! Something like the multiplication tables – only I have relied on it much more often than my “times” tables! What a precious gift – to have God’s word fill my heart and mind during moments of difficulty, sadness, depression, struggle, and even great joy!
Psalms 119:10-11 says “I see you with all of my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Do you know what “I have hidden your word in my heart” really means?
You can’t place the actual bible in your heart. It is not an organ or body part that you need to live physically. So let’s take a minute and break it down. What does the word hide or hidden mean?
The word “Hide” means:
* to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered.
* to obstruct the view of; cover up.
* to conceal from knowledge or exposure; keep secret: to hide one’s feelings.
So why would you want to conceal or hide something? And what would you conceal or hide?
Most people would probably say they hide or conceal their most treasured things. Like a dog that buries a bone, most treasured things are hidden away and protected.
Matthew 6:19-21 talks about storing up treasure in heaven rather than on earth. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Do you treasure God’s Word in your heart?
Having the word in your heart helps you stand against the devil’s schemes and against the trials and temptations that come all the time.
Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, and against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
There have been so many times in my life that I have needed to find solid ground. It has been essential for me to remember what God has done for me and that He is always there for me – And that HE is my strength.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Is. 40:29,31.
I will admit it here and now: there is nothing I can do – and nothing I have ever done – successfully without a foundation built upon God and His Word. Whatever my gifts and abilities – I can strive and work and struggle – and without His guidance I am left to frustration and failure.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13.
Knowing what God’s says and relying on His promises are my source of inspiration and any real success.