A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 119

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 119

Currently, there is quite a bit of stockpiling going on. Out of fear of future economic downturn, American citizens are raiding the shelves to prepare for difficult times. Stores are now putting limits on the number of items someone can purchase. This inclination to store up for future disaster is a natural response for us. We want to be confident that the future is secure so that we can live in the present without fear. We save something for later which can be easily accessed in a time of need.

The Psalmist spoke of stockpiling as well. He wasn’t looking to stuff his pantry, but to store something far more precious in his heart:

“How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.” (9-11)

The Psalmist knew himself. He knew his weaknesses and understand that times of temptation would come. He also knew of his past failures and his lack of preparedness in facing such a foe as Satan. How could he possibly prepare for future, spiritual warfare? By stockpiling God’s word in his heart. Think, if you will, of the heart as a castle, with each room slowly being filled to the brim with scripture. Eventually, there is no room left for sin or self—for God’s word fills every corner.

This arsenal of scripture helps in the present moment but also prepares us for future engagements. We can walk humbly, but confidently, into the battlefield knowing that we are fully armed with the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17). We can endure trials and times of uncertainty with greater hope because our hearts are filled with the eternal promises of God.

But how do we accomplish this? How can we properly store up God’s word in our hearts? The Psalmist tells us:

“In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.” (14-16)

We read (fix my eyes on your ways), memorize (I will not forget your word), meditate (I will meditate on your precepts) and delight in (In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches). This is the tried and true practice of every great saint you have known. Every Christian that you look up to and admire has practiced these steps in order to store up and live out God’s truth.

Is your heart prepared for future calamity? Was it prepared for our present crisis? If not, begin today by storing God’s word in your heart.

Your future depends on it.