Storing Up His Word
A friend’s laptop broke down a few weeks ago and along with it, all information he had stored in it was wiped away. This incident sparks off discussion among a few friends on the importance of backing up documents in our computer and keeping a copy of them in an external device.
It is interesting how we will set our mind to store important documents in various modes, and make a conscientious effort to save them in the most secure way possible. We like to think that in days or weeks or years to come, when we somehow are in need of them, we can still access them.
I am all for backing up of information. I have lost my memory device before, more than once. So yes, I certainly understand the desperation of not having the information when I need them. And I appreciate the importance of keeping documents and information safe.
This sets me thinking about how we store the precious Word of God in our life. Do we merely ensure we have an electronic version of it in all the gadgets we have? Do we place a Bible in our home, our office and in the car so that wherever we are, a copy of God’s Word is at hand? These are all excellent but is there more?
How does God want us to store His Word?
Psalm 119:11 ESV
I have stored up Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
This is where God wants us to store His Word – in our heart. In other Bible translations, we read that the psalmist has treasured or hidden God’s Word in his heart. This tells us that God’s Word is precious and important. Why does God want us to store His Word in our heart?
Proverb 4:23 NIV
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Everything we do flows from our heart. The way we think about issues and people, how we manage our career, family, relationship, spiritual life and finances – all flow from our heart. This is why God wants our heart to be stored, filled and infused with His Word and Truth.
Hebrews 4:12 NLT
For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Such is the power of the Word of God. It reveals what we truly think and desire and helps us to discern where we stand against God’s Word and Truth. With God’s Word hidden in our heart, we learn to think pure thoughts and harbor Godly desires that please God. When we treasure God’s Word in our heart, everything we do is of life and of power, “for the Word of God is alive and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12).
How does God’s Word get into our heart? It gets there when we read and study the Bible every day until it stays within our heart. We may not see it but it is there. In our everyday life, the Word hidden in our heart directs our path. In our crossroads in life, the Holy Spirit works to bring specific Bible verses from the depth of our heart to illuminate our decision-making.
Struggling with addictions or sinful habits which are wrecking your family, spiritual life, finances and relationships? You have tried stopping those habits but your flesh ultimately still yields to them each time? Begin to store up and hide God’s Word in your heart. For God tells us in Psalm 119:11, “I have stored up Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” It is not our willpower that can set us free from sin. It is only by the Word of God that we can have the power to do so and to regain new life.
Everything we do reflects what we store in our heart. The larger the reservoir of God’s Word we have in our heart, the greater works we can do for God and more abundant are the fruits we can bear for His Kingdom. Start reading, studying, memorizing and applying God’s Word today. And continue on every day. Your life is going to change for the better each day. You are going to bless and touch more lives each day.
Let us pray together.
Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Word that equips me with timeless truth and wisdom. Like what the prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, and the flowers fade, but the Word of our God stands forever.” I thank You that not only is Your Word alive and powerful, it stands forever. In every season of my life, I know I can count on Your Word to direct and illuminate my path, and to empower me against temptation. I thank You, Father, that Your Word implanted in my heart gives me power over every situation that I face. I commit to read the Bible every day with a still and open heart, to let Your Word soak my entire being. I know that as I do so, everything I do shall breathe Your life and demonstrate Your power. Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.