The IMPORTANCE of HIDING GOD’s WORD in our HEARTS: "How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!" (Psalms 119:9-11)
Psalm 119 is well known as the longest chapter in the Bible and is divided into 22 stanzas, each beginning with a Hebrew letter and each containing 8 verses. God’s word is mentioned in all but three verses (vv. 84, 121, 122) of this chapter, and is the main topic of interest in this psalm.
One of the most crucial problems in the life of every young person is how to keep pure. The answer for this is by practical obedience to the words of the Bible (v.9). In the matter of holiness, there is a merging of human desire - as we seek after God - and divine empowerment -as God helps us not to wander from His commandments (v.10). God does not make us holy against our will or without our cooperation.
Someone has wisely said, “The best book in the world is the Bible. The best place to put it is in the heart. The best reason for putting it there is that it saves us from sinning against God.” God’s Word can keep us clean. We must heed God’s Word (v. 9) and hide God’s Word in our hearts (v. 11). When we heed the Word of God, this will lead to our lifestyles being godly. What areas of our lives can God’s word cleanse?
- It can cleanse us from wrong thoughts. God’s word will establish our total thought-life when we focus our thoughts by reading, reflecting, meditating and memorizing it (Phil. 4:8, 9; 2 Pet. 1:5–10).
- It can cleanse us from wrong words. When we recite God’s word often, it will cleanse us from the inside (James 1:22–26; Psalms 119:172).
- It can cleanse us from wrong actions. Jesus promised us this would be the case: “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you” (John 15:3).
- Finally, God’s Word will keep us from wrong thoughts, words, and actions; or else wrong thoughts, words, and actions will keep us from God’s Word.
So let us store up the Word of God in our hearts so that we may be strong in the hour of temptation (see Matt. 4:1–11; Luke 4:1–13). Campbell Morgan said of the Bible: “The best book, in the best place, for the best purpose.” Let us read God’s word every day to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy!