I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
Our hearts have the capacity to both store and hide things. Of course we know we aren’t talking about the literal heart; the muscle that pumps blood around our bodies, but that secret place inside that makes you, you.
This ability to store stuff can be a negative or positive reality, depending on what it is that we choose to store, because our lives and the lives of the people around us are effected and influenced by our choice.
Your heart would not make a good special agent! Although you might think you have those secret things of your heart locked up tightly; the key buried so deeply that even you can’t remember where it is, your heart will inevitably betray you and give away your best kept secrets.
You see, unlike a safe, a strongbox, or a diplomatic bag, your heart leaks information!
What is stored in your heart will eventually be heard on your lips and shown in your life. This applies to both negative and positive things and it’s why it is so important for us to store the Word of God in our hearts.
When the squeeze is on, what’s inside will spill out in either a shock and unpleasant surprise, or a blessing and inspiration to those around us.
Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
It’s our choice. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…”
When we do choose to store the Word of God in our hearts, then whenever we need wisdom, strength or truth, we will have a ready supply to draw on.
Each of us the potential to store and hide stuff in our hearts other than the Word of God. But the good news is I t’s never too late to have a good clear out. Let’s not inflict our own hearts with those things that damage it and damage the people around us.
Little ‘nuggets’ like jealousy, unforgiveness and bitterness are easily hidden in the secret little pockets of your heart. They can remain unseen by other people for years. But those, and similar things are toxic and will do serious damage in the long term. They will slowly erode your heart, even touching good things stored in your heart with their rotten fruit.
But …there is hope!
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
God’s Word hidden in our hearts will keep us from sinning. Desires, ambitions, dreams and motives will more likely be God centred: birthed from the Word that we have planted and have allowed to take root and flourish in our hearts.
Every sinful act we commit, big or small, starts as a thought in the mind. We have the choice when we have that thought, whether to allow that little seed to make the short journey to the heart, to be stored there: to take root in our heart and grow.
Lets choose today in partnership with our Father, the Vinedresser, to do some uprooting and some planting!
It is never too late to allow the Holy Spirit free reign to uproot and remove those unhealthy and bad seeds, saplings and even fully grown ‘trees’ that are hindering us. Then we can begin to purposely re-plant our hearts with seeds from God’s Word. Just wait till you see what grows then!