“Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
(Psalm 119:11 KJV)
Our world is filled with people who have addictions. As a law enforcement officer, you see more of it than you care to admit. These addictions are costly, destructive and deadly; their lives are enslaved to things they thought would bring them happiness, status and fulfillment. In the end, the house they have build is nothing more and nothing less than a house of cards; the first wind that comes along blows it all away and they are left with a feeling of emptiness and loneliness.
A basis for this life-style is “iniquity.” This is the very thing that binds with chains that are difficult to break. Take the crack addict for example. One pull on this deadly, deceptive drug will form a habit that will last a lifetime. The person may attempt to overcome it, whip it, leave it; but the drug keeps pulling them back for more. The urges and the desire for more is formed at the first try of the drug.
A preacher of years ago, was heard to say: Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.
That word “iniquity” is a New Testament word which is comparable to the word, “transgression.” It is through these two words we are reminded that sin is the breaking of God’s law and a failure to obey the Word of God. The word “iniquity” actually means “a twisted morality.” It is iniquity which twists our view of God and His will for our lives, leaving is with a deep desire to distort and destroy what He intended for good. We do not accidentally slip into transgression or iniquity, but choose it by deliberately turning away from God’s Word.
This is the reason it is imperative we hide the Word of God in our hearts, to strengthen our defenses against those things the enemy of our souls would use to dominate our lives.
Some valuable points which answer the question of the Psalmist when he asked, “What are the righteous to do?” are listed here for your consideration: Let the attitude of Christ be your attitude in all things. He was humble, obedient, selfless, righteous; therefore we are to live like Him-being Christlike. We are not to allow anything to be seen in our life which would lead someone else to stumble. Our life is to be salt and light to a decaying and dark world. We are to live God’s Word, pray for God’s power and glorify God in all things.
Let us make as our continual prayer the prayer of the Psalmist, who sang, “Order my steps in thy Word: and let not iniquity have dominion over me.” (Psalm 119:133)