Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against Thee.”
Recently making a commitment to seriously memorize more Bible verses AND their references, I got out a small King James Version Bible. In the past, I read this version for over 40 years, so many of the passages have such a familiar flow that committing them to memory has not been as difficult as I expected. Consequently, I have stopped using my age (69) as an excuse for being unable to memorize. Also, maneuvering through a small Bible makes it easy to flip back and forth quickly as I study different verses, which is also encouraging.
Having recently begun this process, I have found much much more than a feeling of accomplishment. For instance, often when reading the Bible, words are passed over and the fulness of the thought is not received. Memorization requires the exactness of each and every word and I find myself dwelling more on its meaning and richness.
Another blessing is that I am now able to recite these verses throughout the day and night. When I wake in the night, they bring much comfort: ” Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.” Psalm 139:12
Or when I first wake up in the morning, God’s word starts the day off with thanksgiving: “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
During the day, I am encouraged and strengthened when I say the verse from Hebrews 4:12 which says:“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
Or when witnessing to others, Romans 3:23, Romans 10:9 and Eph 2:8 are good verses to know.
An excellent example to follow is Ezra. The Scriptures says about him ” Ezra had prepared his heart.” Ezra 7:10 So this year, I want to prepare my heart by being more devoted to memorizing the Word of God. Want to join me?
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