Appetizers for the Heart

One thing that I have learned over the past 24 years of having my heart surrendered to God, and knowing that whatever my heart is filled with will soon be in my mouth (like we talked about last post) is that it is very important to memorize God’s Word.
Right now, I am in the process of memorizing Psalm 139. Yep, the WHOLE Chapter!! Every time I test myself and try to say it in front of others I BOMB so don’t ask me to!! But I tell you what..I can say the whole chapter to myself in the middle of the night and that is REALLY cool.
Psalm 139 is in my heart along with a whole bunch more of God’s Word.
Psalms 119:10-11 says “I see you with all of my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
What does “I have hidden your word in my heart” really mean?   You can’t place the actual bible in your heart. I sooo wish I could. I have often thought of the story of Corrie Ten Boom and the horror of her being imprisoned without her Bible. What she had to draw on from God was ONLY found in her own heart. No one could steal it or lock it away from her—or her from it.
What does the word hide or hidden mean?
* to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered: Where did she hide her jewels?
* to obstruct the view of; cover up: The sun was hidden by the clouds
* to conceal from knowledge or exposure; keep secret: to hide one’s feelings.
So basically the word “hide” means to conceal.
So why would you want to conceal or hide something? And what would you conceal or hide?
Matthew 6:19-21 talks about storing up treasure in heaven rather than on earth. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Before I became a Christian, I had lots of hidden things in my life and my heart that were NOT necessarily “treasures”. However, if I knew today that I was going to have my house broken into I would hide my most valuable, treasured items so they were protected.
Let me ask you, do you treasure the Word of God? Do you love it? Do you do what ever you can to have it HIDDEN so that no one can steal it? So that it is availble to you in your darkest hour?
TEST—RIGHT NOW, Today, do you know what God’s Word says about whatever DIFFICULT/SCAREY/CONFUSING thing is going on in your life??
Having the word HIDDEN in our hearts helps us stand against the devils schemes, lies, trials and temptations.
Like this one: Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, and against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
or this one:
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Is. 40:29,31.
or this:
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13.
Knowing what God’s says and standing on His promises are very powerful to a Christian and best of all,

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  1. Dang it! I left a comment here yesterday and it is nowhere to be found. Oh well.

    What I said was that I am memorizing all of Psalm 139 this year through Challenge 2010 going on over at my blog. It is a powerful chapter and one that I know I will use over and over again in the days to come.

    I’m a huge fan of Scripture memorization. In fact, I believe in it so much that I’ve partnered with Julie at Scripture Stickies to put The Point logo on Scripture Stickies and I sell them at my events. It is a very cool thing to use to memorize Scripture.


  2. Yum..Scripture Stickies…I need to hear more about that!

    As far as your memorizing Ps 139. that does not surprise me. We seem to have lots in common 🙂


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