I have stored up Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. [Psalm 119:11]
One of the great ongoing adventures of my life is raising a big family (six kids qualifies as big, right?). It’s been a surprise in-part because I grew up in a smaller family, and a larger family was never on my list of aspirations. Because of this, I never really thought through one small but (as I have discovered) very important aspect of household management: storage. Seriously (don’t laugh). Toys games, clothes for all sizes of girls and boys, school books and supplies, food. For the latter, I built heavy-duty, customized shelving in a basement closet; we now call it our “larder.” Why? So that we can store food to sustain our brood of voracious eaters. It’s arguably the most important room in the house!
When I read today’s verse, I can’t help but picture our larder. “Stored up.” For an important purpose. Like a burgeoning family needs a steady supply of food, so our individual souls need constant spiritual nourishment. God has given us hearts, which are basically customized larders, and His Word is like Costco: a bottomless source of food to sustain us! But just as food doesn’t spontaneously appear in my basement larder, neither will the truth of God’s Word materialize in my heart. I have to “stock-up,” through regular reading, prayer, memorization, listening to teachings, small group discussions, and so forth.
Do you want to experience the blessing of making righteous instead of sinful choices? It takes a reliance on God’s Word to carry this out. Start stocking the larder of your heart today!