Your Word I Have Hidden In My Heart
Well praise Jesus. He is the living God. He is the Word of God, and He has the words of Life. In Jesus is the light to men. He has the words to give men that we may live, eating His flesh, drinking His blood and having eternal life. Eternal life is not achieved by reading the scriptures and just being like the Bereans, like Christians like to say. Many Christians think themselves better than others because they're more biblical. They study the scriptures more than others, but they don't come into the truth. It is sad that so many people idolize the scriptures and the prophets and the law, but they do not live according to the words of Jesus and His New Covenant. The new covenant is for those that will receive the blood of Jesus Christ to wash to atone them, and that they would come into the newness of life with Jesus, where He puts His Word, His Truth on their conscience.
Now, the question would be for many people, what is this Word? Well, we know that Jesus has the words of life, and many of them are recorded in the scriptures, in some Bibles even in red letters. If you read through the Gospels, Matthew Mark, Luke and John, in these Bibles, you can find Jesus' words recorded, and they're in red letters. And those are the words that Jesus spoke. But Jesus also spoke many more words than that. One writer writes that if everything Jesus said were recorded in books, He supposes that it would fill up all the books on Earth. Now, Jesus has spoken a lot of things that are not recorded in our scriptures. But I also want to bring it to your attention that in the Old Testament, or in the New when people had a word from God, or when the word of the Lord came to them, that wasn't the Bible coming to them. It was the words of life that come from a living God through Jesus Christ.
I want to read to you from Psalms 119. I'm going to start in verse 9. This is supposed, as to be written by possibly David, but I think we're not sure who it's really written by, but we know that it's inspired by the Holy Spirit. It says this Starting in verse 9, How can a young man cleanse his ways? Or how can a young man keep His ways pure? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You. Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments. Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord. Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes. I will not forget Your word.
Now, I want you to consider when this was written. This is Psalm 119. It could have possibly even been authored by David. David did not have our Bible. He didn't have our precious biblical literature that we have today with commentaries. He didn't have any of that. Even the revelation of Jesus hadn't even come yet to humanity. Yet. David and other prophets and writers were having visions of God. They were having visions of this Christ that would come. And they knew about this precept in this concept. And when the word of God came to them, they cherished it. They would hide these things in their heart. They would tell others.
The word of God came to many prophets and humble men, righteous men, and the word of God came to them to also share with others, to rebuke them, to correct them, to encourage them, to guide them into the light of the truth. Now, we have a lot of these testimonies recorded in the Scripture. Not every testimony of Jesus, not every word of Jesus is recorded in the Bible, but many of them are. And sadly, even though it is the truth, men are idolizing the Bible and calling it the Word of God. But David would not have considered the Bible the Word of God. It didn't exist during His time. He did have access to some scriptures, but He certainly wasn't out there in the pastures with a Bible every day, just reading through the Bible like a Scribe or a Pharisee.
He was out there with God and he was praising the Lord and Jesus even though He had not come yet from the virgin Mary. God was giving revelation of Himself to David. And prophetically David saw the messiah and he looked forward to seeing His day. He knew the word of God and he had the words of life in him. And even when David messed up and he sinned, he repented and he came back into the truth. But sadly today men are not repenting. Christians are becoming more and more religious. They're idolizing the Bible calling it the Word of God. But they don't know the God that David knew. They don't know the true word of God, the word of life. And they don't have God's word hidden in their heart. What they have is knowledge of their scriptures. They have a bunch of of sand glued together.
Remember that parable that Jesus told about the wise and the foolish. The wise man built his house upon the rock. Figuratively the rock is Jesus Christ. But what is the sand? Well, the sand is as if you took all the different words from Jesus and the prophets throughout the Bible because after all sand does come from a rock at some point and then you glue it all together your own way. So you take a scripture from here, a scripture from there, you take a word from the guy at church here and a pastor from here, you put all their books together. And you collaborate that with all the different psalmists and what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes. And you put all the sand together and you build your entire house upon that sand and you call it the Rock. Because after all sand does come from a rock. Well, what do we know about this parable? What did Jesus say about the man who built his house upon the sand? What happens the rains come down? The floods came up and the house was washed away. And so it will also be with those that build their house upon the sand. Many Christians have built their house upon the sand. They have many doctrines, many interpretations to what Jesus says. They write off all of the hard sayings of Jesus, because they have their own enlightenment to what Jesus meant without asking Jesus, without knowing the word of God. They say, “we have our more sure word in the Bible.” And that's where they deceive themselves and others. That is where their Bible witchcraft starts coming in. And that is when they start acting like the serpent Satan who also quoted scripture to Jesus.
We need to make sure that we are as the wise man in the parable. We need to make sure that we build our house upon the rock of Jesus Christ. We need to really know Him as the psalmist knew God, as David knew God, as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob knew God, and worked out their relationship with Him daily. We need to overcome sin and temptation addictions. We need to overcome the world. And if we stay in connection with Jesus through His Holy Spirit, and endure with Him to the very end then we will be saved. But those that do not endure to the end that just build Christian principles upon their ideas of their Bible and other people's ideas of the scripture and men's ideas from church all of that's going to come crumbling to the ground.
Are you today founded upon the Rock of Jesus Christ? Are you the wise man who built his house upon the Rock? Or are you like the foolish, the foolish religious, the foolish Christians that think that they know God because of the scriptures, that think that they're better than others because they know the Bible and they're educated. Are you like the foolish who have built your entire life upon the sand? The only firm foundation is Jesus Christ. All other ground is sinking sand. Make sure that you put your faith in the true Word of God. That way the words of life will be active in your life and you will be serving a living God. Not the god of your imagination, not the god that you can manipulate and use to your own purpose as you read the Bible and make up your own ideas.
For many people they have made God whatever they wish. The homosexuals have made a homosexual Jesus. The Catholics have made the catholic Jesus. The protestants have made the protestant rebel Jesus and every religion has a certain Jesus flair, they have their own taste. They have their own personality. But for those of us that are surrendered to God, we surrender our taste, our personalities, our opinions, our ideas, and we just say, “Lord, please show us who you really are.” We know that those that fall upon the rock will be broken and we want to be broken to be used for your purpose. But we also know that those who the rock lands on will be crushed to powder. So we pray that we are on the Rock of Jesus Christ! Are you on the rock today? Or are you on the wishy-washy sand? May the grace of Jesus be with you.