Is God’s Word hidden in your heart?
Psalm 119:11 (NIV): “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
This week let us ask God to help us remember the importance of ‘hiding His Word’ in our hearts. God has equipped us with words of encouragement, instructions on how to live, and promises of hope during our struggles. He tells us why it is important to memorise His Word. God’s Word tucked in our hearts:
– Keeps us from sinning. God’s Word, engraved on our souls, transforms us into God’s likeness and holds us accountable for our choices and actions.
– Transforms us. Knowing God’s Word is more about our transformation than our education. God’s Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). It has the power to change and renew us!
– Reminds us what is “right, what is not right, how to get right, and how to stay right!” I don’t know about you, but I love the ‘3:16’ verses in God’s Word. They seem to be especially loaded with God’s Wisdom! We all know John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life.” But do you know 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
– Sets us free. What is ‘the Truth’? The answer is right before us, in the Word of God. However, we are deceived by the standards of this world, the views of others, and the lies of the enemy. The Word of God is Jesus. Jesus is ‘the Truth’, ‘the Light’ and ‘the Way’. So, may we commit today to speak the Truth, pursue Truth and love the Truth.
– Equips us to share the gospel in Truth and in kindness. At any given moment, we need to be willing and prepared to do what God requires of us. That may be offering answers to the questions others have, leading others to Jesus, or helping others through counselling or Biblical-based training. The only way we can be prepared to do these things is by studying and knowing God’s Word, especially verses that show someone the path to salvation in Christ!
So, let us be ready and prepared to use whatever tool is best to remember Scripture and engrave God’s Word deep within us. Whether we use technology, cards, sticky notes, or perhaps the gifts we give to others, let’s commit to:
– Start memorising God’s Holy Word. Whether it is a daily, weekly, monthly or even quarterly habit, may we let Jesus transform us from the inside out, as we commit Scripture to memory.
– Find an accountability partner in Scripture memory. Knowing someone will ask us to recite the verse for the week, we are much more prone to learn it. Plus, in conversation, we can share what the verse has meant to us or how God has used it in our lives.
– Take inventory of the number of Scripture verses we know. Is that number representative of your knowledge of God and your relationship with Him?
God’s Word is truly a lamp to our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). May we ‘Hide God’s Word’ deep within our souls, as it is our rock-solid foundation for life.
Oh, dear Lord, You know the desires of our hearts and how we long to memorise more of Your precious Word. We don’t want to hide more of the world in our hearts. We don’t want to hide more information. We want to hide more of Your Words of Truth – to be pulled from memory and used by You, as You would choose. May we always remember that memorising verses or passages is never about our education, but our transformation. Lord Jesus, transform us from the inside out, so that we might look more like You to everyone we encounter. In Jesus’ precious name.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are Truth, light, love and hope. You are healing. You restore, and You heal. We want more of Your Truth Lord, so that we will walk lighter and be freer. I pray that You will bless each one on this call today. Please would You reveal places in our hearts where we are harbouring resentment and bitterness, and not standing in the fullness of Your Truth. It doesn’t matter how big or small our situation may be. Thank You for Your faithfulness, Lord.
Lord Jesus, we just want to ask that you would open our eyes to recognise when we believe something is from You, when it’s actually not. I pray Lord Jesus, that You would use us and that You would equip us. Lord, if there are certain things that we still need equipping for, I pray that You would just speak into our hearts. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, that You would use us to build Your Kingdom and that we would experience the joy and purpose that there is with You Father.
Lord God, You are the God who remembers. You do not forget us. You call us to mind. You work in our lives, and You work in our circumstances. No matter what we are going through, I pray that You would remember us, and that You would remind us that You remember us. Lord, show us Your faithfulness. Remind us of ways that You have been faithful in the past, so that we will trust Your faithfulness for the future. Father, we are thankful and humbled that you do not remember our sin but that You do remember our pain. You meet us, and You are compassionate toward us. In Your Son’s name, we pray.
Oh Lord Jesus, You know our hearts… You know every detail of our lives. We ask that You forgive the sins we have committed – as Your Child, and even as a parent! You tell us in 1 Peter 4:8 that ‘Love covers a multitude of sins.’ Indeed Lord, may we realise that it is Your great, sacrificial love for us that allows our sins to be forgiven. You truly ‘cover over’ our mistakes. May we go forth this day more willing to make the effort to hide Your Word in our hearts – for Your Glory, and our good, and to share Your Truth when You prompt us to. Lord, may we be sensitive to Your Holy Spirit as we learn verses and passages from the Bible. May we always remember that no matter how many verses we may learn, Your goal for us is to be transformed through every verse to the likeness of Jesus. Thank You for Your patience with us, Lord. We love You. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
(This WRAP is with great appreciation to Dirkie, Mary Lynn, Jackie, and Melissa)
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