Hiding God's Word
"God has called us to live holy lives" (1 Thessalonians 4:7), and one way we accomplish this is by "hiding God's Word in our hearts" (Psalm 119:11).
Have you ever thought about the word hide in this verse?
Typically we think of hiding as a way of concealing something from others, but Psalm 119:11 isn't talking about concealment.
Quite the opposite. It's describing our need to make God's words part of our being, not merely an external influence.
God's Word should be so much a part of who we are (Hebrews 10:16), that people see it reflected in everything we do (James 1:22-24).
That's why regular reading, study, memorizing and reciting of God's Word is essential. Then when we need direction, comfort or encouragement, we can depend on all that we've "hidden" away.
When God's Word is hiding (residing) in our hearts, it will be the first thing that comes to mind in every situation.