As A Child
by Ray Harmer
We have only to read the first eight verses of Psalm 119 to get the “feel” for this chapter. It contains such words as commandments, judgments and statutes; setting forth, the direction in which it goes. I have often thought if I could have one chapter from the Bible it would be this one. It could take a lifetime to preach through this chapter thoroughly.
Whenever I think upon Psalm 119 I am drawn to verse eleven: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” While living in Texas, my dear friend, mentor, and pastor Rbie Threatt would often teach and preach on it. It was among his favorite verses and it became the congregations too. He made it one of our memory verses. I can hear him now leading us in recital. Think on the wisdom in this verse.
Looking back on my life, I realize had I hid God’s Word in my heart there would not have been room for the debauchery that took its place. A worthless song of years ago droned, “All we need is love.” That would be nice, but the truth is all we really need is God’s Word. Only then will our problems be solved. Having dealt with the criminal element for many years I can say I never arrested anyone who was trying to hide God’s Word in their heart. They were hiding the money they stole or the fact that they murdered someone, etc.
The old illustration rings true. We all remember the children’s toy with different shaped pegs and different shaped holes. This will keep a child busy for quite awhile attempting to figure it out. The goal is to put the right shaped pegs in the matching holes! Well there is a hole in our heart that is shaped like God and only He will fit it rightly. Children learn easily, but many adults have yet to get it.
God’s Word is so simple. Humans wrestle with simple things; expecting everything needs to be thought through. We equate possessions and status as indicators of success and peace. But God tells us, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart” (Ps. 119:1,2). Moreover in Ps.1:3, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Algebra is like life (confusing and boring); unless you plug in the proper figures: then it is joyful. When equations come out we experience satisfaction. God has given us the answers in His Word. We simply need to put the God-shaped plug into the God-shaped void in our hearts!
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