I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt. Psalm 119:11 (MSG)
I have taken your words to heart so I would not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 (NCV)
Banks Give No Mercy
Before the convenience of on-line banking and debit cards, cash, checks and monthly statements were the norm for financial transactions. When I was younger, living took every cent I earned. The days before payday were often tense. I walked a fine line juggling the balance in my account—hoping I could get my paycheck to the bank before the checks I wrote. I became skilled at “the money game.” I knew how long it took a merchant to process a check. My spending followed a strategic plan.
One miscalculation meant a small financial disaster. Without mercy, the bank charged a $15 fee for every check presented against an account with insufficient funds. On a tight budget, a $15 fee for each check quickly created a deep financial hole. The notice came as a thin letter from the bank, detailing the infraction. That single piece of mail—the overdraft notice from the bank—was an attention grabber and could make even the best day into a sad day.
God Gives Mercy
I’m happy to say God is not a banker. For the believer—the person who has accepted Christ’s sacrifice as the remedy for sin—Jesus balances the account. God does not sit in heaven tabulating the good deeds and the bad deeds of the believer. The believer’s righteousness—right standing with God—comes from Christ alone, period.
The believer’s call is to respond in gratitude for the precious salvation Christ purchased with His blood. The Psalmist wrote the best way to not sin is to keep your “account” full of God’s word. The apostle Paul eloquently wrote:
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7
9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. Romans 8:5-7, 9 (NLT)
Turn Your Attention to God
I like the paraphrase of The Message. Once you begin to meditate and understand God’s love, provision, plan and His commitment to you, you begin to act differently. God’s word assures the believer that worry is unnecessary, vengeance is unwarranted, and the deep longing of your soul can be filled—once you have your bank full of that assurance, your actions change.
Provision, peace, protection and love are rare treasures—priceless treasures—that God offers the believer. God’s word holds an unlimited bounty for your life. Store up some treasure. Turn your attention to the blessing God has all ready to lavish on you. Keep your “account” full and your life will become a shining testament to The One who makes all things new.
Father, I will direct my attention to Your blessings for me. Teach me to receive and rest in Your love. Help me understand the security I have a Your child. Let my life be a testament to Your grace and mercy. I will abandon my selfish, self-centered pursuits and live in the bounty of Your grace.