Thursday, February 17, 2011

Memorizing verses..

I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11
How do you feel when someone tells you to memorize a scripture?  Is your first thought that you can't do that?  That is mine.  And almost every Bible study I have ever done encourages me to memorize scripture.  So why do I panic?  Maybe I am looking at it as a test and if I don't get it right I am in trouble.  This seems a little funny to me right now since I am doing a study on God's grace.  I have nine verses to memorize.  There is one each week.  I am asking the sweet ladies in my class to do this too.  I haven't asked them, but from the look on their faces I think they may be feeling the same way as me.  Another funny thing is that as I sit here writing there are many verses that are coming to my mind that I know from memory. I don't feel any pressure sitting here alone.  I am asking the Lord to let me remember why I am memorizing. 

I am doing it so I will know Him and 
I will know how to live. 

Last week's verse was:
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth
were realized through Jesus Christ.  John 1:17

This week's verse is:
Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom
also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this
grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the
glory of God.  Romans 5:1-2

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Patty Sumner said...

I understand completely! It seems when I am challenged in a Bible study to memorize scripture I tend to think that is to hard or I cannot do that and get all the study down...I guess it is true, Satan is the Father of Lies....he is good at it. I love that you are taking time to memorize scripture and you are so right, it is life for us. We cannot know how to live without the truth of the word planted in our hearts. Blessings and thanks for the reminder.

Pamela said...

I always feel the same way, great post Elaine!

trish said...

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet .... is a favorite verse of mine. :o) And I sort of cringe when a verse being memorized is required. It just seems as though so much of God's word went into my heart so much easier when I was younger. I hungered after it when I first became a Christian (still do) and it sustains me even now. :o) I love reading and rereading my Bible, but can be tough to memorize not already "hidden" words. :o) I've been told it is from old age! ha ha !
Hoping you have a lovely weekend.
Sincerely, Trish

Marja Verschoor-Meijers said...

I had to hop over to your blog (from Life Lessons), a study on grace, I love that...! While writing GRACE OF GIVING I had to do the same. Who know, your study will turn into a book!
Love your blog and your thoughts Elaine.