Psalm 119:11 says, “Your Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you.” What does it mean to hide God’s work in our heart? I believe that whatever it means, hiding God’s work in our hearts will result in our ability to obey commands like “Rejoice all the time” Phil. 4:4 or “pray without ceasing” and “in everything give thanks to God” (1 Thess. 5:16). How does a guy go to work and still obey God in these areas? Or how can a man meditate on God’s word day and night (Psa. 1:2)? And this meditation results in blessing from God.
Here’s how I think it works.
First, you need to know that God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but he does expect us to be changing and growing. On the other hand, we are perfect in Christ, so we need to trust in Christ and rest in him. If we are striving to be perfect, it shows that we don’t get it. God wants us to struggle to let go, not struggle to be more uptight and stressed. The way up is down.
Second, most of us have compartmentalized lives. We think Bible study is something we do at 7:00 a.m. But the Bible talks about Bible study as something we do all the time. It doesn’t even use those words. It talks about meditation, about singing, about hiding in our hearts. We need to come up with a whole new paradigm for what how we handle the word of God. We need to live in the Word, not just dabble in it for a few minutes each day. read more…