The Benefit of Hiding God's Word In Your Heart
I have been working through the Truth Bible Memory Plan on my ESV app. It's been wonderfully helpful to my prayer life. It is so easy to start praying and then quickly run out of things to say. Truly what Jesus told Peter and the others also applies to us: “So, could you not watch with me one hour?" (Matthew 26:40) But with Scripture hid in my heart, there is a treasure chest full of God's own words that are ready to be made into a holy argument with Him. For instance:
"Jesus you said, 'But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.' (Matthew 6:6) Father, here I am. You see me. Please now come, as your Son promised and reward me with Yourself."
"Father you have said, 'Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.' (Psalm 37:4) Father, I lack this ability. Cause me to fully delight in you. Be my desire. Be the treasure of my heart."
This can be done so many Scriptures! That is certainly an inestimable benefit of hiding God's Word in your heart. But I discovered another benefit this morning. Every single verse that I have memorized so far has been a verse that displays God's attributes. In other words, as I am hiding God's word in my heart, I am hiding His very Person in my heart.
- Psalm 139:1-4, 7-10 - God's intimate knowledge and omnipresence
- Romans 11:33-36 - God's infinite and unsearchable wisdom
- Proverbs 3:5-6 - God's trustworthiness
- Psalm 34:8 - God's goodness
- 1 John 4:10 - God's love
- Isaiah 6:1-5 - God's holiness
- Exodus 34:6 - God's mercy and grace
- 2 Peter 3:9 - God's patience
- Deuteronomy 32:4 - God's immutability and faithfulness
- Isaiah 48:9-11 - God's glory
- Romans 1:18- God's righteous wrath
- Psalm 115:3 - God's freedom
- Daniel 4:35 - God's absolute sovereignty
- Psalm 27:4 - God's beauty
This discovery not only blew fresh wind in the sails of memorization, but it thrilled my heart to know that God Himself is being hidden in my heart! There is nothing more thrilling than to know God. Knowing God is the very essence of happiness and the very substance of eternal life. "And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." John 17:3
So here is my exhortation: memorize God's word. Hide God in your heart. This is a lost art especially in our tech age. But I would argue that perhaps more than any other spiritual discipline, it is this one that we need to recover the most. In a world where everything is a sound bite, everything is a tweet, everything is a FB post, there is glutting of information but a famine of real spiritual food. God's word is waiting to be feasted upon. Not only in being read, but in being hid in your heart so that you can muse on it, meditate on it, and be molded by it.
As the Psalmist said, "I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11