Within Our Hearts

Written by: D’Anne Mullin

How many of you remember this little song from Sunday School?

O, be careful little eyes what you see.
O, be careful little eyes what you see.
For the Father up above, is looking down in love,
O, be careful little eyes what you see.

It continued with our little ears being careful what they heard; our little mouths what they said; our little hands what they did. I have to say that every time I am faced with a decision in life, whether in relation to God’s will or to resist temptation that little song drifts on the airwaves of my mind from the deep recesses of my childhood. This song has always helped steer me in the right direction and keep my heart pure.

This little tune further reminds me of the scripture from Luke 6:44-45 that says, “For each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” This is a profound word that reveals the spiritual condition of our hearts and what others see and hear in our lives.

Are we exhibiting the Fruits of the Spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control,” found in Galatians 5:22 and how do we cultivate that growth in our spiritual journey?

I believe the answer lies in Psalm 119:10-11 which says, “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” The key is to tuck God’s Word within our hearts by daily reading His scriptures until they become a natural extension of our thoughts, actions and speech.

In fact, there are several scriptures that point us to “hide” His Word within our hearts. Here are just a few!

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9

“The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just. The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.” Psalm 37:30-31

“I desire to do your will, my God; you law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8

It appears to me that every time scripture challenges us to “hide” God’s word within our hearts it is to produce in us good fruit, guard us from unrighteousness, assist us in being a blessing to others and create an inheritance of Godliness from generation to generation. This is critical and wonderful and powerful!

Daughters, it may sound as old fashioned as the little tune I opened this blog post with, but we need to get back to Sunday School and start to memorize God’s Word again, burying it deep within our hearts. We need to daily carve out time to read our Bibles and journal our learning. When His Word is within our hearts, we can recall it at will and use it according to 2 Timothy 3:16-17 which says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

I will leave you with an exercise I have taught my children, and one I do myself, when spending time daily in God’s Word. It’s called “SOAP” devotions. It’s an acronym for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. When reading God’s Word write out the scriptures that stick out to you in your journal. Writing them down reinforces them in your mind and lends to memorization. Next observe what the scriptures mean and write down their interpretation in your own words. For application write out how you can apply these scriptures to your life today. Finally, write a small prayer to God in relation to the application. You will find this to be an incredible way to “hide” His Word within your hearts!