What Are You Depositing?

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalms 119:11 KJV)

Ive banked your promises in the vault of my heart, so I wont sin myself bankrupt. (Psalms 119:11 MSG)

Let me first start by asking the questions: ‘What are you depositing in your heart? Are you depositing the promises of God or are you depositing sin?’  We have to be careful what we are allowing in our hearts.  It is necessary for us to constantly deposit the promises of God into the vault of our hearts.  We should value the Word because of what it does in our lives.  The Word produces cleansing, it gives liberty, it provides direction, and it gives understanding (Ellsworth, 2006).

We need to have a personal relationship with God in order to survive this journey and the way we develop that relationship is meditating on His Word.  We cannot obtain this closeness with Him without making frequent deposits. I could not walk into a Chase Bank to withdraw $10,000.00 if I did not have that amount in my account.  I would be denied access for insufficient funds.  It’s the same in the spiritual realm, if we do not have sufficient Word in the vault of our hearts, we will be spiritually bankrupt and prone to sin.  To have God’s Word of promises laid up in our heart is the only security against succumbing to sin (Exell & Spence).  That’s why it is very important as believers to meditate upon the Word of God.  It’s the only security we have to make this journey.  Just as we invest countless hours and money into the stock market, IRA’s, education, work, or a business as security for our future, we should put more effort into studying and meditating on God’s Word because that’s the only security that will last a lifetime.

We need to realize that the Word of God is the agent that the Spirit of God uses to regenerate the hearts of all of us who are saved (Eph.5:25-27).  He continues to use that same cleansing power in our lives today (Ellsworth, 2006).  When our vaults are full of God’s promises (Word of God), we will find it easier to exercise the principles of the Bible and see our brothers and sisters in Christ as He sees us.

Missionary Judith Gilzene Moodie

  1. Ellsworth, Roger, Opening Up Psalms, Ryelands Road, Leominster, HR6 8NZ: Day One Publications, 2006.
  2. Exell, Rev. Joseph, Spence, Rev. H.D.M., The Pulpit Commentary: Psalms (Vol.111) New Edition, London and New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

 

Do You Know Him?

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (Psalms 18:1-2)

David wrote this Psalms when God delivered him from his enemy and from the hands of Saul.  David was expressing his love and gratitude to God for His salvation, His deliverance, and His covenant faithfulness.   David’s love for God was an affectionate love, that’s why God could say of David he is a man after mine own heart .  He loved and trusted God to deliver him from his enemies.  He had the full assurance that God would come through for him despite the circumstances.  David used several attributes to described God which emphasize the stability and security found in God, which we can used in our lives today when we are faced with difficulties, distresses, and anxiety.  God wants us as His people to know that the stability and security that we have in Him, we will never find it in anyone or anything else.

God wants us to know that He is our strength- the source of our strength or from whom all our strength comes from.  He is our rock-  our place of safety and protection in time of danger (this rock is like a cleft rock for concealment that one can find shelter and protection).  He is our fortress- our place of defense, a place that is so strengthen that an enemy could not approach it, or where we would be safe.  He is our deliverer- He delivers or rescue us from our enemies and He is a living Protector.  He is our God- our Protector, Helper, Healer, Father, Friend, Savior, Comforter.  He is our strength (Rock)- our firm, immovable Rock.  He is The Rock and His work is perfect (Hebrew -Tsur).  He is our buckler- He covers and shields us from the enemy or anyone who tries to rise up against us.  He is our horn- our defense and strength (the horn is to animals the means of their attack and defense.  Their strength and power lies in the horn).  He is our high tower- our refuge and we can run to Him for safety when we are in danger (a high tower/place were built on mountains, rocks, or on the city walls and were regarded as safe places because they were inaccessible).

What a wonderful and gracious God we serve.  He is to us what no one else will ever be or can ever be because He is Sovereign. He is trustworthy and will always be our Rock (Tsur).  That firm immovable Rock that we can always run to for stability and security.  My question for you today is ‘Do you know Him?’.

Missionary Judith A. Gilzene Moodie

Resources:

1. Barnes, Albert, Albert Barnes Notes On The Whole Bible.
2. Duffield, Guy, Foundations Of Pentecostal Theology.
3. Henry, Matthew, Matthew Henrys Commentary On The Whole Bible.
4. Jamieson, Robert; Fausset, A.R., Brown, David, Commentary Critical And Explanatory On The Whole Bible.
5. Spence, H.D.M., Pulpit Commentary: Psalms (Vol.1).