Hidden in My Heart


"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” - Psalm 119:11

I use to get offended if someone said something to me that I didn’t like or if they criticized something I did. But as God slowly changed my heart through the study and power of consistent time in the Word, I began to welcome correction even if it hurt my pride.

However, there were two key verses that made a big difference and helped me gain perspective. They still keep me focused today.

The first verse is Psalm 119:71, that says, “My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.” Wow! In this passage, I saw clearly that God allows afflictions to our bodies and lives, and maybe even the words of criticism from others to help us grow; grow in character and grow closer to God. I want to grow, so I realized that maybe it’s good to be afflicted like this.

The second passage that really impacted my thinking is in the same chapter, Psalm 119:165, and it says simply, “Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”

When I first read this, I thought to myself, “Nothing! Are you serious, NOTHING shall offend them?” It was hard to believe.

Now I quote Psalm 119:165 to myself all the time as it’s convicted me that if I’m in tune with God and His law (His Word) I’m not going to be offended by what happens to me OR what happens around me. Of course, I’m not saying that I never get offended anymore, but when I’m tempted to grumble or complain, or when trials seem to be multiplying, I just remind myself of this passage, and my irritation goes away. That’s the beauty and power of the Word. It can change your mind

I believe this is an important part of becoming spiritually fortified. It’s learning to put God’s Word in our heart. If it’s in our heart, Satan can’t take control of our life.

Lord, teach us how to build a strong foundation upon Your Word. Teach us how to lay up Your Word in our heart and apply it practically in day to day life. Teach us how to fortify our mind from the attacks of the enemy by telling him “It is Written.” Your Word is power! And when all else fails in this life, Your Word will remain. So help us Lord. Help us individually and as a church to stand strong, rooted and grounded upon your Living Word. Amen!
May 9 2019