Monday, August 14, 2023

Hidden in Our Hearts

By: Joanne Viola

Your word I have hidden in my heart,
hat I might not sin against You.”

(Psalm 119:11, NKJV)

I have some Scripture memorized but truth be known, probably not as much as I should. As the Scripture sat before me, I wondered if there was more to be learned about Scripture memorization.

"The act of “hiding” God’s word is not to be limited to the memorization of individual texts or even whole passages but extends to a holistic living in devotion to the Lord. The inner devotion to the Lord also finds expression in a teachable spirit and in contentment."

(The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 5, page 740)

Hiding Scripture in our hearts is to be more than memorization, more than Scriptures jotted down on index cards. These are all well and good and needed, but hiding His Word entails even more.

We are to be teachable all of our years, regardless of how much we may think we know.

Hiding the Word means living and obeying God’s Word. Scripture becomes our compass in every decision we weigh. It requires obedience when the way He is leading seems to be so very different, and unsure, or not the way we would have chosen.

The outward living of our obedience stems from a heart that seeks God in all things. It is found in a heart that has buried Scripture much like a treasure, in our hearts and minds, to be drawn upon in those times we need.

Turning to the back of my Bible, I read a quote once written down:

“I hold one single sentence our of God’s Word to be of more certainty and of more power than all the discoveries of all the learned men of all ages.” (Charles Spurgeon)

May His Word be hidden in our hearts
and lived out in our lives.


What do you think it means to hide God’s Word in your heart? How do you memorize Scriptures?


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1 comment:

  1. I was always impressed that my brother and his wife got their kids to memorize quite a bit of scripture and things having to do with the bible since I have never ever been very good at that. My niece and nephew used to rattle them off and ask me if they were right and I had no clue! I know a phrase or sentence here and there but that's about it.


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