Daily D – Psalm 119:11

by | Sep 27, 2021 | Daily D | 0 comments

I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.
PSALM 119:11 (CSB)

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I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

(New Living Translation)
 
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.

(The Message)
 

It was popular theology during my university years that if a person memorized enough Bible verses, he or she would not sin. As someone who struggled at that time to memorize anything other than sports statistics, I can tell you that this might have been good advice, but it was at best unevenly applied in my life. 

Bible memorization is a good idea. It is not, however, a magic trick to prevent problems. It is instead a process to remember God’s perspective and a guide for how to respond faithfully in times of temptation and challenge. 

Look at the three main verbs in the translations and paraphrase of this verse. 

“I have treasured . . .”

“I have hidden . . .”

“I’ve banked . . .”

God’s words of truth and life bear significant value. They tell us how to live lives God can bless. They teach us how to protect our hearts and minds from lies. They show us how to join God in setting things right. They lead us into productive and effective decision-making. 

What are the Bible verses or passages you treasure? Why are they important to you? Embrace the benefit of committing these texts to memory.

What Bible verses or passages serve as silent sentinels against the adversary’s constant attacks? Protect your heart and mind by memorizing the truth that sets you free.

What Bible verses or passages empower you to build a better life for yourself and for others? Enjoy savoring these texts that teach you how to live a generous and overflowing life. 

It is not likely you will memorize a verse a day. How about a verse a week? Start by writing down the verse you want to remember on an index card. The act of physical writing sinks the words more deeply into your mind than typing in a word processor.

Read through the verse again and again emphasizing a different word each time. Read through the verse in the style of different media characters. Imitate their style and flow. Rehearse the verse morning, noon, and night. Place it on your bathroom mirror. Slip it into a pocket. Keep it handy. Let it provide direction for your prayers. 

Where to begin? Psalm 119:11 might be a good start. 

I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.

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I will commit God’s word to memory so that I may not sin and also so that I may know what to do instead.

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Our Father, empower me to commit your words of truth and life to memory. I want to agree with you regarding what not to do. I want to honor you by doing what I should do instead. May your words sink deep in my heart and mind to guide my thoughts and actions at all times. Amen. 

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