Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
I am sure that if you attended a Sunday School class or a Vacation Bible School week, you had to memorize this scripture. I know I did. But I have found through the years, that this scripture is not “kids play”.
Christians all over the world are daily struggling with the issue of sin. Some of these people truly love God but can’t seem to get the victory. But here we have David, a man not redeemed, saying the word of God was hidden in his heart so that he might not sin against God. He had a hope of freedom from sin.
The Word of God tells us that Jesus was made sin that we might be made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21) and yet many people struggle with the entanglements of sin. There are two reasons that come to mind: First, some may not have been taught that we can live free from sin, but I just mentioned two scriptures that say you can. Hiding the Word of God in your heart concerning who you are in Christ Jesus will help. When I say that I don’t sin every day, people think I am being self-righteous, when I am totally relying on the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!
Meditating on the scripture of Him being made sin so that you can be righteous is one to hide in your heart. Another one would be Galatians 5:1, where Paul writes that it was for freedom (from sin), that Christ set us free. I added the “from sin” part, because that is what he is referring to. You can be free!! So when He sets you free, don’t go back to it, becoming entangled in a yoke of bondage.
Another reason is, people misinterpret Romans 7 as Paul saying that he struggled with sin, that when he wanted to do good, evil was always present. So if Paul struggled, you know we will! Read consecutively with chapters 6 and 8, you see that Paul was not referring to his life after Christ Jesus, but under the law, before Jesus. And if you read throughout the New Testament, you will see the victorious life Paul led for the Master.
And if Paul could live free from the practice of sin, so can we, so can you!! But it will start with the word being hidden in your heart so that when sin is presented to you, like Jesus, you can respond, “It is written” and overcome it every time. Yes, every time you use the Word of God on Satan, it will work.
Jesus wants you free from a life of sin! That’s one of the main reasons He came to the earth, to set you and me free. So let’s decide today to settle that issue so that we can walk free from the bondage of sin. And as you meditate on the Word and begin to overcome sin, ignore the people who refuse to believe that the power of the cross was not enough to make you the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! Wonderful Jesus!