The daily Bible verse I got on my phone app today is Psalm 119:11, which reads:
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
This is a perfect verse for me today, as I’ve been very conscious this week about maintaining my focus on the Lord since I’m leading worship this Sunday. Every day I know I should strive to keep my focus 100% on the Lord, but as I’ve mentioned before, it’s often more difficult for me during the times when I’m knowingly about to step out in faith and do something to share or spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I love how this verse reminds us that Scripture is our weapon, sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12), and that “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
In times of stress, in times of physical weakness, in times of sickness, in times when we’re distant from the Lord– these are all times when we’re more likely to give in to the sinful nature of our flesh, and times when the enemy will choose to attack us knowing that our own strength is compromised. Look at how Satan tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness during a time when he was physically (and likely mentally) weak from fasting.
How do we battle against this? How did Jesus battle against this? He used Scripture!! There is a DIRECT correlation to having God’s Word in our hearts and having victory when we battle against sin and temptation! So let’s make it a priority to store and hide God’s Word in us, just as it says in Psalm 119:11.
Heavenly Father, help us to read your Word daily, pray daily, and praise You daily. Empower us by Your Spirit to hide your almighty and powerful Word in our hearts, that we may be successful in teaching, rebuking, upholding righteousness, and doing every good work in Your Name. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!!
[From October 18, 2018]