I’ve started reading through Psalm 119 as a part of the partial fast that I am joining my friend Kasey in. Actually, it was my Pastor who inspired me to read through it. This past Sunday’s sermon was on a section of it, and he just talked about how we don’t read that chapter of the Bible enough. I agreed. So, that is part of my time with the Lord. I’m hoping to actually memorize the whole book. I’m not sure how long that will take me so…. I’ll keep ya posted!
Anyways, this morning I was reading over this section verses 9-16:
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes.
With my lips I have declared All the judgments of Your mouth.
I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.
I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways.
I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.”
During this time of fasting, I’ve really been asking the Lord to search my heart, and reveal the truth me about myself. It’s been a hard prayer, but that is truly my desire. Anyways, so this morning when I read this passage, I just kept asking myself…. What is hiding in my heart?
Am I hiding the Word of God in my heart? Am I hiding anger, bitterness, hurt, greed, jealousy? Am I hiding sin? What is it that is filling my heart?
Sometimes, the answers aren’t pretty. They aren’t the answers I want to admit to. I’d rather say I’m hiding scripture, joy, patience, gentleness, and love in my heart. That it is filled with forgiveness for those who have hurt me. Love for those around me. Yet, those aren’t what I find when I truly allow the Spirit to search me.
Now, when we decide it’s high time to clean up and get that mess out of our hearts, we need to have a plan. Because once we remove those things, something else will take it’s spot. Is it really any better to allow God to remove the anger from our hearts only to fill it with jealousy? Or bitterness replaced with greed?
We need to be filling our hearts with the Scriptures. How can I keep my way pure? Knowing the Word of God. How do I keep from wandering from the commandments of the Lord? Seeking them with my whole heart. Not part of my heart. All of my heart. Am I rejoicing in the Lord? Am I meditating on His ways? Do I delight in His word? Or do I find myself so busy comparing myself to the Jones’ that I find no joy in what the Lord is doing in my own life?
I want to be hiding God’s word in my heart. I want to rid myself of all the rest of the junk. Want to join me?
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