Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
I. THE WORD OF GOD IS THE REST THING.
1. Because it is Divine.
2. It is good throughout.
3. It is the root of all good.
4. It is most prized at last.
II. PUT IT IN THE BEST PLACE. It is of no good to any of us until it is there, — that is, in the heart.
III. Here is THE BEST PURPOSE, "That I might not sin against Thee." Does some one fancy that there could be a higher reason, a nobler purpose, than that? If you will think it over you will come to the conclusion that the Christian has no nobler ambition than to live without sin. "That I might not sin against Thee!" — there is no higher ambition than to live on earth the life of heaven. But, how does hiding God's Word in the heart promote holiness, how does it prevent sin?
1. It discovers sin. If you know God's Word well, you are on the high road to the easy discovery of God's will, for it is the revelation of the Divine will. By these testimonies you will know what God approves and delights in. It will be equally plain what He abhors and detests. These are the balances of the sanctuary.
2. It announces sin. It tells you where the evil is, and when you may expect it. It is a sort of tocsin that warns you of impending danger; an alarum timed to startle you just when the danger is close, and there is yet time to escape.
3. It points out the way of escape, it reveals the secret door in the wall, when your only safety is in flight. It is the chart on which is marked every shoal, and every quicksand, and every rock; and the safe channels, too.
4. It arms us against the danger. If kept in the heart, it keeps the heart.
5. It strengthens and nerves the spirit.
6. It reveals to us the path of duty.
Parallel VersesKJV: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.