Hidden in Hearts, Lives Changed - The Crosswalk Devotional - July 24
Hidden in Hearts, Lives Changed
By Emma Danzey
Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Hidden Your Word in My Heart
Have you ever had a treasured memory of a person or any experience before? You might often reflect and ponder about it. You likely think fondly of this person or moment and the reminder impacts your life still today. We tend to replay memories within our minds, sometimes helpful and sometimes hurtful. There is something that we can put within our thoughts which will always be helpful to us. The Bible is a gift of treasures to us from God Himself. When we spend time learning and memorizing Scripture, we will have stored up beautiful treasures within our hearts. There is a lot competing for our hearts, but when Jesus is our first priority, everything else will be in its proper place. There is great joy in knowing Him and growing in the love of Him and His Word.
When Mary gave birth to Jesus our Savior, it says in Luke 2:19, "But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” As she looked upon her Savior and worshiped God, she pondered the things that she learned and experienced with Him. We, too, have been invited to hide God's word in our hearts. This means that we learn the Scriptures and the gospel by memorizing them and knowing them. It means that we are thinking about them and treasuring the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Have you been thinking about a certain Bible verse this week or concept in which you are learning about God? Are you savoring the sweet moments of worship You have recently had with the Lord? We are invited to treasure our Savior. We can take great delight in Him and find joy in knowing Him. As we actively hide His Word within our hearts, we will begin to think about Him more and remember what He has said to us, and then naturally be more able to apply what He has said to our daily lives.
That I Might Not Sin against You
The other part of this verse is intriguing. It says, “That I might not sin against You.” When we are seeking the Lord and His Word, we are going to learn about His holiness and our sinfulness. We will be humbled to learn how imperfect and in need of a Savior we are in life. By hiding God’s words in our hearts, we are able to withstand sin. When we spend time being filled up by the Holy Spirit and pondering the ways of God, we will be more prone to follow him and honor Him. This is not out of guilt or shame, but it will stem out of a deep love for Christ. When we truly know Jesus, we understand that there is nothing greater than Him. We will put Him in His rightful place in our hearts, and we will seek to glorify Him in all areas of our lives. Yes, we will fail, but knowing His love and His Word will convict us, redirect us, and help us to receive the grace and forgiveness that He has given to us through His sacrifice on the cross.
Have you felt bogged down by habitual sins? Try getting into the Bible regularly. We can combat the work of the enemy in our lives by fighting the spiritual fight with the Spirit and the Bible. We are all sinners and will make mistakes, but knowing God and treasuring Him above all will help us to follow Him in our lives. Matthew 6:33 says, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Intersecting Faith and Life:
How have you been hiding God’s Word and gospel message within your heart? How has knowing His love for you and His Scriptures helped you combat sin in your life? Keep thinking of creative ways to treasure the Bible in Your heart and avoid sinning against God.
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Emma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew and mom to Graham. Emma serves alongside her husband in ministry, she focuses most of her time in the home, but loves to provide articles on the Bible, life questions, and Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 on Crosswalk in 2021. Most recently, Emma released Treasures for Tots, (Scripture memory songs) for young children. During her ministry career, Emma has released Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness, two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, and ran the Refined Magazine. You can view her articles on her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com and check out her Instagram @Emmadanzey.