“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalms 119:11. And how often have we read this Psalm without asking “what it really means to sin against the Lord and why was it important for the blessed man to hide the word of God in his heart?” And reading this verse, it was believed he hid the word of God in his heart so that he might not sin by breaking the moral law of God, but what we needed to have understood what that this was not dealing with the moral law or word of God, but rather what the blessed man had come to understand about his condition.
Facing the reality of life when the moral law was revealed to him, the righteous man understood he had rebelled against God and that according to God’s moral law he deserves to die. He also had come to discover that the judgment of God was appointed and that all of humanity was under the penalty of death on account of Adam. However, upon receiving God’s instruction on how to prepare for the coming judgment he took action, but not to obey the moral law that he might escape with his life, instead, he took hold of God’s word and hid it in his heart because he understood according to the moral law there is no way out from under the curse of death, but having received the word of God which is God’s promise and escape plan he hid the word in his heart that he might follow God’s instruction on how to prepare for the coming judgment.
Therefore, it is said, the blessed man is like a tree planted by rivers of water and planted by rivers of water brings forth fruit in his season. This is a sharp contrast in comparison to the ungodly who is said to be like chaff in the wind. But we can understand why there is such a sharp comparison between the blessed and the ungodly man, and it is because of what we know according to the Psalm. God is sending a judgment we need to prepare for. And it is clear from the beginning, the righteous are blessed because he believed God, and because he believed God, he is doing something to show his faith in the word of God, he is making preparing according to God’s word hidden in his heart, and he is acting on the law or instructions found within the law of God.
The blessed man understood his failure to satisfy the moral law which calls for his execution and coming to terms with his rebellion or sin, accepts the reality he deserves God’s just punishment. He was a sinner whose heart was bent on rebelling against his king, and realizing he had rebelled against his king for which he was sentenced to death upon receiving the law or word of the king on how to escape with his life, he took delight in the word of God. In other words, he did not take for granted the grace of the king.
However, the ungodly man took a different approach because upon receiving the law and or instruction of God, the rebelling man chose to reject it. His choice was to continue his rebellion against the king and his kingdom, and not realizing he was appointed for judgment because of his inherent nature to rebel, he was said to be like chaff in the wind. And because of his position to ignore the law of the king the ungodly man put no effort into meditating on the law of God. In other words, he put no effort into preparing for the coming judgment, and because he put no effort into preparing for the judgment, and because he continues to persist in his rebellion and vain plans, he was taken away like chaff in the wind.
“Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. And behold at evening tide trouble, and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.” Isaiah 17:12-14. And because he had come to recognize the end of rebellion is defeat the blessed man was wise to have taken a different approach. And that was to prepare. He understood the king was being gracious to him and so took advantage of the opportunity and grace provided; therefore, surviving the season of judgment. And enduring the persecution of the world and evil men, and looking to God for his provisions, the blessed man shines forth like a light, and like a tree planted by rivers of water, he brought forth fruit in his season. He was rewarded for his faithfulness in preparing for God’s wrath.
Psalms 37:6-7 reads, “And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as to the noonday. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospered in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” And because he committed himself the word of God, and because he believed the promises of God waiting patiently upon his God in the face of wrath, the blessed man kept himself from vengeance and so endured the tribulation.
Hebrews 10:26-32 “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery anger, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much more punishment suppose you, shall he be thought worthy who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, vengeance belongeth unto me, I will reward, saith the Lord. And again, the Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions.” And being illuminated by the truth, the blessed man acted upon the word of God for his life. He saw that God had made up his mind to judge humanity, and seeing that destruction was appointed upon the world, he built his ark according to God’s blueprint and survived.