Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. – Psalm 119:11
If we love God, we don’t want to sin against Him. Because we fear God, we don’t want to sin against Him. David, who wrote this Psalm, was certainly familiar with sin. Boy, he went all the way with it. Committing adultery and then killing the woman’s husband. And the Bible doesn’t cover any of it up for us – it’s all out there in the open. And yet, this horrific sinner is a towering figure in God’s kingdom. Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords – Son of God… is of the line of David. David knew about sin. But here is what we must not miss… He knew what it meant to have his heart broken over sin. He knew true repentance. He knew the power of God’s mercy and grace. He knew the power of forgiveness. David had a heart after God’s own heart. He loved God. And so, he says “Thy word have I hid in mine heart.” What does that mean? The word “word” here is from the Hebrew root word ('āmar) which means “to say, speak, utter.” The word “hid” is (ṣāp̄an) meaning “to treasure.” And the word “heart” is (lēḇ) referring to “the inclination, resolution, determination of will.” So, if we want to avoid sinning against God (because we love and fear Him), we will listen… you can’t hear his voice if you aren’t listening. And when He speaks, we will treasure what He says. We will “take it to heart.” And when God speaks into our life… our very inclination will change. Our resolution will be sure. And our determination will be unshaken.
What are you listening to today? Ask God to speak to you. His word does not return void. May He speak into your life today, and may you have ears to hear… that you may not sin against God.