March 2, 2014

Word Hidden in My Heart

Psalm 119:9-16



Unless one is a miserable hoarder, no one hides or keeps anything that is not of any worth. People hide valuables, secrets, weapons, ill health or wealth for various reasons, usually to one’s perceived benefit and advantage. The Psalmist says he “hides” God’s word in his heart to keep himself from falling. 


Into the Word

This psalm is traditionally attributed to the authorship of King David. It begins with the title “Beth which is the second letter in the Hebrew alphabet used as a poetic, acrostic, literally style that marks the first letter of the word in the second sentence. The passage represents a meditation of a man who fears and pleases God. The psalmist asserts that there is no better way to keep oneself in the right standing before God than to live according to His instruction. And, one can only obey if he or she knows what His instructions are.


Instruction for Evangelism

Encourage the person you are doing discipleship with to…

  1. Get a copy of easy to understand but not oversimplified Bible version.
  2. Read at least a passage if not chapter for daily spiritual nourishment.
  3. Memorize a verse or two each week for quick recall and sharing.


Insight to Live By

A well immersed soul in the Scripture is an effective witness for Christ.


Interaction with His Word

Devotional Study Guide

Psalm 119:9-16

  1. What was the question asked by the psalmist in verse 9 that is typically asked by every God-fearing person?
  2. How did the psalmist answer this question in the same verse?
  3. Describe or illustrate the manner by which one should seek God based on verse 10.
  4. How can one ‘store up’ God’s word in the heart? Please explain your answer (v.11).
  5. What spiritual privilege or responsibility did the psalmist acknowledge and how did he feel about it (vv.13-14)?
  6. What should follow meditation on God’s word according to verse 15? Please explain your answer.
  7. What commitment did the psalmist indicate in verse 16?



1.  Guard the heart

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!

Illustration: at 13 father died; at 15 grandmother fell critically ill; no guidance till 18. How could I keep my way proper and overcome obstacles and proceed with life?

Application:  Reflection began when I got saved and learned His Word; examining my life according to the Lord’s teachings. Felt the Lord’s call for full time ministry.


2.   Keep the Word

11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes!

Illustration:  Read through my first Bible right after a life-changing conversion; listened carefully to messages – 3 major services and 2 Bible study groups/wk; although did not become a Bible-wielding kind of Christian


3.    Declare the Testimony

13 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

Illustration: Quick at serving, giving testimonies; deep sense of satisfaction each time I’d share my testimony


4.    Dwell in the Word

15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Illustration: 1984, in the middle of architecture practice despite economic downturn; felt the Lord’s call anew nine years later; finally too the plunge, the leap of faith!

Application:  Not crisis free; but guided through all challenges and pain; sustained in the joy of service and fellowship; adopted an attitude of not having learned enough to stop learning


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