Is God's word written on your heart? (2022)

Is God's word written on your heart? (1)

Is God’s word written on your heart?

Because God’s laws are for our good (Deuteronomy 10:13)we need to write them on our heart. A Bible on our bookshelf isnot enough, or even in the memory of our phone. To guide usspiritually, God’s word must be in our heart.

What does it mean to have God’s word in your heart?

God’s word dwells within you and is the guiding force of yourlife: you know it, understand it, respect it, love it and practice itwillingly.

Old Covenant people were to have God’s word in their heart.

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, withall your soul, and with all your might. And these words which Icommand you today shall be in your heart; you shall teach themdiligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit inyour house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, andwhen you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7). To do this we mustknow God’s word.

“You shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and inyour soul” (Deuteronomy 11:18). We store valuable datacarefully. Do we store God’s word in our heart and soul?

“For this commandment which I command you today, it isnot too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven,that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us andbring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Nor is it beyond thesea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us andbring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is verynear you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it”(Deuteronomy 30:11-14). If God’s word is in our heart, it will alsobe in our mouth. What does a football fan talk about? Football!Someone with God’s word in his heart, speaks about God’s word.

“The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tonguetalks of justice. The law of his God is in his heart” (Psalm 37:30,31).

“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sinagainst You” (Psalm 119:11). When God’s word is in our heart,we know what pleases and displeases Him, and we want to pleaseHim.

“My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands withinyou. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple ofyour eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet ofyour heart” (Proverbs 7:1-3).

God’s people were told repeatedly to write His word on theirheart, but most did not do so.

Few under the Old Covenant had God’s law in their heart.

Although God sent prophets to call them to repentance,although the faithful encouraged their unfaithful brethren to knowthe Lord, few of the physical descendants of Jacob had God’s lawin their hearts.

Thus God proclaimed: “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ saysthe LORD, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house ofIsrael and with the house of Judah, not according to the covenantthat I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by thehand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant whichthey broke, though I was a husband to them,’ says the LORD.‘But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel:After those days, says the LORD, I will put My law in their minds,and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shallbe My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, andevery man his brother, saying, “Know the LORD,” for they allshall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,’says the LORD. ‘For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I willremember no more’” (Jeremiah 31:31-34).

New Covenant people have God’s law in their heart.

This prophesy was fulfilled by Jesus Christ who came tobring God’s New Covenant for the whole world, founded onpersonal faith rather than physical descent, and to be the truesacrifice for sin: “For by one offering He has perfected foreverthose who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also witnessesto us; for after He had said before, ‘This is the covenant that I willmake with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put Mylaws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,’ thenHe adds, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember nomore’” (Hebrews 10:14-17). [See also Hebrews 8:10-12.]

Christ had God’s law in His heart: “Then I said, ‘Behold, Icome; In the scroll of the Book it is written of me. I delight to doYour will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart’” (Psalm40:7, 8).

Because Jesus was sinless, He was qualified to bear thepunishment for our sins, and to replace the Old Covenant with theNew: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that wemight become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians5:21).

Under the New Covenant, by definition, God’s people consistof those who have God’s law in their heart: “For Christ is the endof the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moseswrites about the righteousness which is of the law, ‘The man whodoes those things shall live by them.’ But the righteousness offaith speaks in this way, ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who willascend into heaven?”’ (that is, to bring Christ down from above)or, ‘“Who will descend into the abyss?”’ (that is, to bring Christ upfrom the dead). But what does it say? ‘The word is near you,even in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faithwhich we preach)” (Romans 10:4-8).

How can we have God’s law in our heart?

We must prepare our hearts to receive the word. In theparable of the sower, God’s word bears fruit only in good andnoble hearts (Luke 8:15).

Of King Rehoboam it is said: “And he did evil, because he didnot prepare his heart to seek the LORD” (2 Chronicles 12:14).

Ezra, on the other hand, “had prepared his heart to seek theLaw of the LORD, and to do it” (Ezra 7:10).

Our hearts must be receptive. God told Ezekiel: “Son ofman, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you,and hear with your ears” (Ezekiel 3:10).

The word of God must be received: “Therefore lay aside allfilthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meeknessthe implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James1:21).

It is not enough to attend religious services each Sunday.The law of God must be written on our hearts. Paul told thebelievers at Corinth that they were a letter of Christ, “written notwith ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stonebut on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart” (2 Corinthians 3:2,3).

When God’s law is written on our hearts, it permeates ourwhole being: it influences our thoughts, words and actions.

Bad things may not be written on our heart.

Our degenerate society is always ready to write its godlessopinions and materialistic principles on our hearts. How is thisdone? Mainly through the media, schools and social contacts.

To have God’s law written on our hearts, bad influencesmust be avoided and resisted. We must be careful what we read,what we watch, what we listen to. We must be careful who ourfriends are: “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins goodmorals’” (1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV).

We must also be careful who our virtual friends are. Peoplein films can easily influence the way we think and feel. Even the“good guys” are often rather bad. Much of this evil influence isinsidious. Immorality, for example, is presented on television, infilms and at school as normal, acceptable behavior, and is falselyportrayed as having no bad consequences. This is inspired by thedevil.

What if someone rang your doorbell each evening, came inand spent the whole evening in your home using worldlylanguage and showing indecent pictures to your children?

As a Christian, would you not show him the door and tell himhe was not welcome? Yet, many Christians welcome such a visitorinto their home each day. His initials are T.V.

The Internet is also an enticing source of evil influence.

“Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not beburned?” (Proverbs 6:27). If we eat garbage, we get sick. If wefill our mind with garbage, we will have a sick mind. If we look atpornography, we will develop a pornographic mind. If we fill ourheart with vanity, our life will be in vain.

On the other hand, if we fill our hearts with the word of God,we will be healthy and strong spiritually. Let us rededicate ourhearts to God.

Time is required to write God’s word on our heart.

If God’s word is in our heart it will also be at the heart of ourday. We must redeem the time because the days are evil(Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5). This means that we mustspend our time profitably.

Most of our day is unavoidably occupied with routine chores.Only a small part can be spent any way we wish. How do we usethis prime time? Absorbing God’s word? Or do we waste it in self-indulgence?

To allow God to write His word on our hearts we must attendservices and Bible studies regularly. We need to read the Bible orlisten to Bible recordings each day. If our daily schedule does notallow this, maybe we ought to rearrange our schedule. We mightalso dedicate larger blocks of time on certain days to taking God’sword into our hearts.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16).

May the word of God permeate our hearts to providespiritual guidance for our lives. May God’s word be in ourconversation. Let us teach His word to our children, talk of itwhen we are at home, when we ride in the car, when we liedown, and when we rise up. Let us write the commands of Godon the tablet of our heart. Only then may we call ourselves thepeople of God. Amen.

Roy Davison

The Scripture quotations in this article are from
The New King James Version. ©1979,1980,1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., Publishers unless indicated otherwise.
Permission for reference use has been granted.

Published in The Old Paths Archive

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