I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
What appeared dead on any given day of the week came alive once a year.
The small white country church stood on an isolated road. Although people had filled the pews years ago, only a few still managed to show up. But on one day of the year—the day before Easter—the grounds bustled with activity. On that Saturday, parents and grandparents came out in force to hide Easter eggs for children. Since the previous winter’s oak leaves still dotted the little church’s yard, adults and older teens had no trouble finding hiding spots. Drop an egg, cover it with leaves, and move on to the next spot. When someone yelled, “Okay, find the eggs,” children spilled from the church and tumbled across the yard.
Hiding and finding eggs for Easter egg hunts is something that never seems to get old. I’ve hidden my share of Easter eggs. I’ve also hidden some other things—money, candy, my favorite snack cakes, weapons. I’ve also concealed my feelings—anger, fear, or embarrassment. But the most beneficial thing I’ve ever hidden was the same thing the psalmist hid: God’s Word.
Hiding God’s Word in my heart takes effort. I can’t sleep with a Bible under my pillow every night and expect the instructions to seep into my mind. Hiding takes action, such as making time every day to read and meditate on God’s Word. Finding particular verses that speak to certain areas of personal concern also helps to embed Scripture in my heart. When I obey God’s commands and claim His promises, I hide them where they can never be found and removed by someone else.
To do any of the above requires a love for God’s Word. Only as I see its relevance and believe its truth will I attempt to put it where it can never be lost. When I tuck it in my heart, it will always be there when I seek it.
Take some measured steps to hide God’s Word in your heart.
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by Martin Wiles
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Martin Wiles is a minister, author, and freelance editor currently living in Greenwood, SC, and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is the author of six books, including his two latest, Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He has been published in a number of periodicals, books, and newspapers. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.