"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."Psalms 119:11 (KJV)
The above verse from Psalms 119:11 is my first attempt to commit a Bible verse to memory. And this specific verse was recommended by a new resource I've found to broaden my understanding of the Bible.
Now, the longer I read the Bible, the more I fill my heart with God's word to learn to live His will. And as I've come to find in Christian circles, memorizing Bible verses is recommended to remember and apply God's wisdom to my life for everyday situations.
And as a new believer in God, it's exciting to learn about Him through the Bible, including various versions such as the King James Version and the New International Version. Additionally, I seek other resources that help explain God's teachings. Those resources have recently included an online course offered through Harvest Ministries of Riverside, California.
On their website, Harvest Ministries has a free educational resource titled the New Believers Online Course. It's a four-part series to help those who are new to Jesus to understand His message and to aid in growing a relationship with Him.
Session One in the series is titled, Read Your Bible. Because, as the course outlines, the Bible is the primary way God speaks to us and is the example of how Jesus lived, reading the Bible is paramount in getting to know God.
Plus, session one details how the Word of God found in the Bible is alive, meaning the teachings contained therein are relevant to and directly apply to daily living.
To better grasp and recollect God's Word for practical, everyday use, the course stresses the importance of memorizing verses. And in session one, Psalms 119:11 is the recommended verse memorization exercise.
That verse again is,
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."
What does the verse mean to me?
Through the Bible, I have established and deepened my relationship with God. And in my heart, I've kept His word, that I may remember His commands and His love for me, and might sin less and make my Father proud.
How about you? Do you memorize Bible verses? What does Psalms 119:11 mean to you?