“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Earlier in the passage of Psalm 119, the psalmist asks, “How can a young person stay on the path of purity?” in the same verse, he answers, “by living according to your word”.
To live according to God’s word, we must read and meditate on it as a rich treasure to be held securely in our hearts. I’d like to propose three ways we could challenge our daily routines:
1. Begin and end the day reading God’s word
2. Pray God’s word
3. Memorize God’s word.
When I awake in the morning, I’ll admit I’m a bit clueless as to what will enter into my day. Sure, I may know the events I’ve written down in my calendar – but can I ever really prepare for the interruptions and hiccups that may redirect my day’s path? It helps to say a simple praise to God for the day as I wake up, read a verse on the train, or listen to praise music. When I place my day on the firm foundation of God’s word, it helps me to better respond to unknown circumstances.
My personal struggle with sin usually occurs in my thought life, especially in the evening. This is why its not only crucial to begin my day in God’s word, but to end in it as well. If I can end my night in reflection of the day and set my heart and mind to see just how God’s presence may have appeared during a conversation with a co-worker or with traveling mercies to get everywhere I needed to on time, I am more apt to receive God’s word and power in warding off lust-filled, lonely, or doubting thoughts. God’s word is a mighty defense against the Evil One’s attacks and our selfish desires, and I, for one, am grateful God gives us a way out of darkness and into His light.
In light of my other two challenges I love taking a passage of scripture and using it as my words in prayer. The more I pray those words and recite them over and over, the more I find memorizing scripture to be easier. Those words then become a great tool to recite when temptations arise and/or when I’m offering a word of advice to a friend.
The “ugly” in me will usually come out if I consciously walk against God’s word and guidance for my day; with the mistaken belief I know what’s best for my work and relationships. Don’t fall into the trap these city streets promote of independently advancing yourself to success – you and I were designed to lean heavily onto God and hold fast to His words in our heart.
“My prayer today heavenly Father is that I may keep your Word in my heart and I might keep from sinning against you. Amen”
Laura Gronell lives in Astoria and works at NYU student health center as a physical therapist. She is excited to be co-leading a medical professions growth group this fall. When not working she loves dancing, participating in women’s ministry events at the Journey, meeting a friend for tea and a sweet treat, and cheering on WVU Mountaineer football.