God’s Word in Our Heart

September 14

Psalm 119.9-16

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.

What do you keep in your heart?  One might be completely literal and say it keeps blood, or at least blood passes through it.  But we understand the metaphor of the heart holding the things that are most important to us.  We keep our children and grand-children in our hearts.  We may have close friends that we keep in our hearts.  It is where we hold the things that we treasure most and the things that define us most.  Thus one of my favourite shirts I have been given.  For a select few, my identity is Grandpa.

When the Psalmist speaks of hiding God’s word in our hearts it is showing that this is what defines us.  Which is why we do spend time each day in God’s word.  It is why we reflect on it together; whether in groups in the week, worship on Sunday, personal time each day.  We find our identity in Christ, and we see that given to us in God’s word. 

But as Grandpa it means I have an important role in the lives of certain people.  Each has a view of what that may look like.  Teaching kids to jump in puddles.  Being the silly person who plays games and reads books.  The one who goes fishing with them.  But most importantly, one who tries to live out faith well with them.

Being a follower of Jesus is the identity of us as we are seeing ourselves in God’s word.  That is who we are.  And it is just as natural that this will come out in how we live.  Our lives will reflect who God says we are.  Seeing the commands in the word will not be a task, it will simply be descriptive words of who we are.  Seeing those words that come out in the first readings of the law in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy; summarized there with the same words they are summarized with in the gospels.  Love God and Love People.  Everything else is an expression of those two commands.

It is easy to love grandkids.  Because it is an expression of who they are and who we are.  Let’s see that same expression to people in our world.  Loving people because it expresses who they and who we are.  Then we have these words hidden in our hearts, expressed with our lips and lived in our lives.

SongIn Christ Alone


Eternal God, neither death nor life can separate us from your love.  Grant that we may serve you faithfully here on earth, and in heaven rejoice with all your saints, who ceaselessly proclaim your glory; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

One response to “God’s Word in Our Heart”

  1. Amen, through the power of Christ we have the Holy Spirit and we are strengthened to walk 8n God’s love.