Where Have You Placed God’s Word—Day 4
Psalm 119: 9-16
“Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you.”
While attending a pastor’s conference, the conference host shared a story about his neighbor’s house having caught fire.
Being concerned, he stopped and spoke with his neighbor while the firemen were giving attention to the fire. His neighbor began to share that they had an opportunity to gather precious items, and despite his loss, he was fortunate to retrieve the family’s Bible. The gentleman continued, “This Bible has been in my wife’s family for a long time, and it means a lot to their family.”
Let me ask you, do you treasure your bible?
As I consider that question, it occurs to me that whatever we “treasure” has a place in our heart. We don’t have to force ourselves to want to make room for it; because we value it, our hearts embrace it naturally.
Again, what we treasure makes its way to our heart.
Think about that for a moment.
What is of utmost importance to you, and what place does it hold in your heart?
The writer says, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.”
“I have treasured” in Hebrew suggests that the writer has decidedly valued God’s word and placed it in a hidden or secluded place in his heart. God’s word is hidden in the heart, a place that is inaccessible to those things that would undermine its influence or steal its position.
In other words, God’s word is in a private place and it is unable to be moved.
The psalmist is saying, ‘Lord, I have set your word in a place in my heart, where it will not share space. Not only is this place off limits to other treasures, but nothing else can begin to compare to the value of God’s word.’
Question: What is hidden in your heart?
Lord, help us to live with a heart only for You, Amen.