When a godly man appeal for a favor from God he should carefully use every means for obtaining it, and accordingly, as the psalmist had asked to be preserved from deviating, he here shows us the holy precaution which he had taken to prevent his fallen into sin – Psalms 119: 11 ” I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. “
” Thy word have I hidden in mine heart. “ His heart would be kept by the Word because he kept the Word in his heart. The Word was God’s own, and therefore precious to God’s servant. He did not wear a text on his heart as a charm, but he hid it in heart as a rule. He laid it up in the place of love and life, and it filled the chamber with sweetness and light – Job 28: 28 ” To man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. To depart from evil is the understanding. “ In this, we imitate David’s heart at work as well as his outward character: First, we must mind that what we believe is truly God’s word. That being done, we must hide or treasure it each man for himself, and we must see that this done, not as a mere achievement of the memory, but as the joyful act of our affection.
” That I might not sin against thee. ” Here is the Master’s illustration, face to face with the Tempter in the Book of
Matthew 4: 3-11 ” …It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God…It is written, you shall not test the Lord, your God…It is written, you shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only. “
God’s word is the best preventive against offending God, for it tells us his mind and will, and tends to bring our spirit into conformity with the Divine Spirit. No cure for sin in the life is equal to the Word in” the seat of life “, which is the heart. If we would not cause God displeasure, we must treasure up his own Word. When the word is hidden in the heart, the life shall be hidden from sin – Romans 12: 2 ” Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God. “ As Mary ” the mother and perfect disciple ” did of the words of the Angel – LUKE 1: 38 ” Mary said, Behold, the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word. “, no enemy shall ever be able to take it from thee, and thou shall find its comfortable treasure in time of thy need.
- shepherd of the Gospel, keeper of God’s kingdom;
- stable: the quality of a Christian heart;
- the opening of the heart is the beginning of life;
- the awareness of God;
- why does our mind need renewing?;
- the integrity of the word: sure weapon, etc…