"I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against God" Psalm 119:11
I am been around long enough to remember when a man’s word was his bond. Once a man made a promise he felt bound by his honor to make sure that promise was kept. Most deals in those days were sealed with a handshake. Few things were more disgraceful to a man than not keeping his word.
Don’t we long for those days? What has changed?
I’m sure I can’t account for all the changes but I do know that men were better at keeping their word when they were better at keeping His Word!
Why does His Word make such a difference? How does hiding it in His heart keep us from sin?
It Is His Will
If God is the Sovereign Creator, Ruler and Judge of the universe doesn’t it make sense we should care about what He cares about?
I think so!
And don’t you think that He would want us to be clear on what He cares about?
So, how do we know?
His Word reveals His will!
Long ago God spoke through His Spirit to forty men over a 1,600 year period to make known His will to His people.
It Is His Way
Not only does His Word reveal His will but it reveals His way. How does He operate? How does His will get expressed in His world?
The Word of God reveals that as well! It records His dealings with His people in ancient times, it reveals how He desires to love and be loved by His people, AND it gives a glimpse of how His love will be expressed throughout eternity.
It Is His One
John’s Gospel declares, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
The most exciting fact about God’s Word is that it is not just words and concepts, but it is a PERSON! That Person is Jesus Christ!
When you read His Word and hide it away, you are having and intimate personal encounter with the Son of God Who is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”!
Wow! How can I afford to not read His Word? Why would I not want to when I can know His will, His ways, and His One, by lingering in its pages!
What’s your excuse?