"I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against God" Psalm 119:11
Americans like the “bottom line” so let’s get to the bottom line for this verse. How does that sound?
This little verse with a big message is, in fact, the answer to an important question posed in verse nine, “How can a young man keep his way pure?”
So, the bottom line is that everything we have studied so far only matters if you are interested in living a pure and holy life. Others need not apply.
David, the Psalmist declares that the reason he hides the Word of God in his heart is because he doesn’t want to sin against God. If sin doesn’t bother you the Word won’t matter that much.
Logically, if staying pure and holy in all your thoughts and actions is important to you then you will meditate and memorize the Word of God. Therefore, if you are not meditating or memorizing the Word of God it would indicate a lack of interest in holy living.
If you have filed your Bible in the “inspiration reading” section of your mind or if you keep it on hand as a reference book you are not that concerned about sin. Very, very dangerous!
Here in this last half of the verse, are contained two very important truths about sin. Before we wrap our consideration of this verse allow me to point them out.
First, he says that sin is a choice – “that I might not sin”
One of the main blessings of salvation in Christ is it can free you from the power of sin. You no longer have to live as a slave to it. The main message of the Cross is Jesus became the atoning sacrifice for your sins that you can be free!
Every sin is preceded by a thought. If you entertain that thought it becomes a temptation and when you dwell on that temptation it usually leads to sin. So, before you sin you have to run a couple of red lights. You sin because you choose to. For someone who claims to be a Christian, that is exceedingly dangerous.
Think about it. When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness He had to rely on quoting the Scriptures He had hidden in His heart. If Jesus Who WAS the Word had to rely on the Word to resist sin, what makes you think you can ignore your meditation and memorization?
Second, he says that sin has a consequence – “against God”
When you sin it is against God. When you choose to sin you choose against God. When you refuse to humble yourself to the Word to meditate on it and memorize it you are choosing against God’s wisdom and truth.
I am not sure you want to do that. You probably don’t want to do that. You certainly shouldn’t do that!
You also sin against yourself in that your sin breaks your fellowship with God AND you are the one who will have to live with the consequences of your sin.
Sin complicates your life. Sin alienates you from God. Sin has consequences that you can choose to avoid. Why wouldn’t you? You can choose purity from sin or you can suffer the penalty of sin. It is all dependent on what you do with God’s Word.
That’s the bottom line.