The following post is a part of a series called “40 Days of Light”. “40 Days of Light” is a church-wide campaign at the church I pastor. Join our church as we go through this next 40 Days exploring and exulting God and His Word. These postings are also available on Amazon.com for your Kindle or Kindle App. Please search “40 Days of Light” in the Amazon Kindle Bookstore. For more information about “40 Days of Light” please visit http://www.nwbcbradenton.org
WEEK 2 – THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. (Psalm 119:9-16)
This week we will change our focus and intently look at another biblical light. The Bible declares itself to be illuminating. When we read the Bible we are reading the very words of God. These words are alive and powerful. Have you ever stopped and meditated on that amazing truth? The way God created the universe was by speaking. We hold in our hands the same power that creates life. Moses tells us that everything was dark until God declared, “Let there be light.”- Not only is light created by the very words that God spoke, but they also provide light into what God wants us to know.
Psalm 119 is devoted entirely to the Psalmist’s love of God and His word. In verse 9 he asks a rhetorical question. This question is about the desire of those to live according to the ways of God. The answer to this question, according to the Psalmist, is to guard everything against scripture. How is this accomplished? Does it not seem like this is a tall task? The Psalmist wants to use the words of God for protection against sin. He has set up the word of God to be his defense before temptation is an issue.
We will sin, but we need to know what God has said so we can be ready for temptation. The Psalmist has “stored up your word in my heart”. The idea here behind “stored” is that he hidden or hoarded the word. He was ready defensively, but was also ready to be on the attack. Attacking what? It was his protection against himself. The psalmist knew that he needed to memorize Gods word so “that he might not sin”. Did you know that we have no greater enemy than we ourselves?
Nobody has failed you more than you have failed yourself. No one has lied to you more than you have lied to yourself. Our hearts are dark and lead us astray often. We need the light of God’s illuminating word in our hearts so that we may know the truth. During this 40 Day period we are learning and memorizing scripture together. This is an activity that is usually delegated for children to do in Sunday School. However, it should not be for just children. We all need to hide the Word in our hearts. How are you guarding your heart (defense) today? How are you “storing” God’s word deep within? (offense). Have you memorized the 40 Day memory verses yet?
When Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days he used scripture to fend off the temptation of Satan. If Jesus needed to memorize the word; how much more should we?