Psalm 119:11 – “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
We go through rough times at some point in our lives. It is easy to get discouraged and feel like you are lost. During these times, you ought to meditate and hide God’s Word in your heart. The Bible is filled with promises and assurances that can strengthen us when you are falling. God’s promises are new every morning. It revives and restores our soul. When there is a tendency of sinning against God, His Word reminds us of the consequences of sin. David said “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Ps. 119:11). The Bible teaches us to memorize Scripture the way an ant gathers food in summer, because it is so valuable and will be needed in the winter months. “The ant prepares her food in the summer, and gathers her provision in the harvest” (Prov. 6:8). Memorizing Scripture is not a discipline for its own sake. It is because the scriptures are a treasure and will be needed before the day is done to help you escape a sinful attitude and live a life that glorifies God.
God’s Word is precious and desirable. If you abide according to His Word, there is a great reward. “More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward” (Ps. 19:10-11). The Lord Jesus overcame the devil’s temptations by applying Scripture to the specific situation. When He was fasting in the wilderness there were no libraries or books, and with every temptation of the devil, He quoted a passage of Scripture to defeat the devil (Matt. 4:4, 7, 10). “For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips, so that your trust may be in the Lord; I have instructed you today, even you” (Prov. 22:18-19).
How is your trust? How is your confidence? Your joy? Your assurance? Are they strong or are they weak? God has given us His Word, so that it will dwell within us and you can put your trust in Him alone.