I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. —Psalm 119:11
In Psalm 119:11, the Psalmist declares that he has treasured the Word of God in his heart. Yet many of us stay there, as if that’s the end of the matter. However, the Psalmist goes on to reveal his purpose: “so that I may not sin against you.” Let’s not be like those who keep a great treasure under the earth, but die of hunger on top of it.
What’s the use of storing Bible passages if we’re not willing to put them into practice? It’s similar to the warning we find in James 1:22–25 to not simply hear God’s Word and then forget to do what God tells us to do. I believe that the key to preventing this can be found in the verses following Psalm 119:11, where we’re encouraged to repeat, ponder, delight, and not forget God’s Word.
What this exercise best describes is Scripture memorization. Why not try it today? Take a Bible passage, write it down, and carry it with you. Then repeat, meditate, delight, and don’t forget.
Make it Personal
Commit to memorizing a passage of Scripture this week, and ask God to help you not only learn the words but also put them into practice.