Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Another word is found

A few minutes ago I finished up our nightly devotion with my son.  Tonight's lesson was about integrity - doing the right thing even when no one else knows about it.  My son seemed to really struggle with understanding what moral dilemmas and difficult decisions are.  Not sure whether that is good or not.

Anyway, part of each night's devotion is an activity.  Tonight's was an exercise to unscramble a verse using a key that was provided (I guess it is more breaking a code than unscrambling).  The verse was Psalm 119:11, which in his KJV read:
11Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Or, using my ESV:
11I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Seeing the word, "word" in there immediately brought to mind John 1:1 for me:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Since we've been doing a lot of studying recently about words and THE Word, I found the Psalm passage to be one of those that jumped out at me as contemporaneous.  And, I don't recall running across that particular passage in our lessons, so it was one of those "new" connections.  I'm sure there are many, many more instances of this through The Bible since The Portable Seminary can only hit the primary examples.

One of the things I like about the passage is how it connects with John 1:1.  And if I think about having the word in my heart could also be taken to mean having Christ in my heart.  I also like the idea of having Christ and God's word in our hearts will help us not sin.  I think in my case the more time I spend in the word, and in studying the word, and with the word, the easier I find it to resist temptations.  Even to the point where some temptations aren't really even temptations any longer.  I think it also makes it easier to engage in more wholesome or peaceful or productive activities and pursuits.  It is just an all around good thing!

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