“I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11
This world is full of temptations. We experience some by just walking through shopping malls or watching television. Others creep into our minds when the traffic is slow or our jobs are tedious. The smallest things can stir up a painful sin. A rebellion against the Most High God.
Psalm 119:11 describes a powerful tool against falling when temptations comes. God’s word is the sword that we take up when our faith is being attacked in spiritual warfare. We are protected and equipped when the truths of our Lord are the truths in our lives.
We have to make sure that God’s word is hidden, i. e. deeply rooted or planted, within our hearts. It has to be a weapon that is ready when needed. Jesus himself referred to scripture when he faced temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). Not only did Jesus refer to scripture, he used it in context. When the devil attempted to trick Jesus by quoting a psalm in the same passage, Jesus replied by quoting a verse that negates Satan’s misuse of the word.
This passage shows that we need to carry the truth in our hearts. If Jesus in the flesh relied on the Holy word when tempted, how much more do we need to do the same? We cannot fight temptations with our own strength. We need to hold on to God’s double-edged sword and let it strike Satan and his evil schemes.