by Kirsten Poggenklass
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
Have you ever considered how much you are storing in your heart? How do things penetrate our lives and take up residence inside us? What value are these things bringing to our lives?
Growing up, I liked to watch the show “Gilligan’s Island.” I was intrigued by how the professor had so much knowledge stored up in his mind, that through a little creativity, he was always able to help the castaways get out of trouble. However, living in land-locked Wisconsin during childhood, I never really had a fear of being “deserted on an island” or considered how I would react if that happened to me.
Until one day in college, when the importance of Psalm 119:11 was lived out before me. I learned of two missionaries who were being held captive on an island. Their lives were in great danger and their captors were brutal. They had nothing except the clothes they were wearing and their health was declining quickly. Despite these horrific circumstances, they chose to sing worship songs and share scripture with one another to encourage each other and continually trust God’s provision. Wow. As I lifted them up in prayer, I honestly wondered…could I do that?
Psalm 119:11 is clear. We’re told to “store up” (or in other translations “hide away”) God’s word in our hearts. Why? To keep us right with God. Even in our darkest, most trying moments, God is there. Those are the times our true character is tested. What would sustain us if we were suddenly stripped away from any books, digital devices, or credible teachers?
I was, and still am, so convicted by this thought. Is the balance of my heart full of God’s truth or am I letting the treasures of this world, emotional baggage or generational lies take up the real estate of my heart?
It’s never too late to get started storing up God’s Word in your heart. I encourage you to start this week. Take a few minutes to clear out the clutter. Reserve room for God’s truth. You’ll be glad you did.
“Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23