Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Memorizing Scripture

You all have been so sweet with all the comments! I just want to say thank you for making me feel like I'm not alone when I go into "veg mode" from thinking too much or whatever it is that causes it. :-)

In the meantime I've decided to memorize some scripture. Actually a whole psalm. I did it once before and it blessed me beyond what I knew it would. I saw (and still see) that piece of scripture in such a new light. Last time I memorized Psalm 19. This time I am working on Psalm 91. So far I only have the first verse memorized. It takes a lot of effort for me to memorize things. I actually challenged my family to see who could do it first, but I'm nervous that they will out do me since they (my husband & son) are so sharp. I'm the only one practicing aloud so far. I think I may take some time to work with my son, but he picks up so quickly he'll get it much faster than I.

Any one else up for the challenge?

I'm memorizing it in NKJV because it just always seems strange to talk to someone else in the King James Version. Like if the scripture comes to mind when I'm trying to encourage a new convert and I bust out some "thees and thous" it just feels funny. Maybe it's because I've used the NKJ most of my walk with God. I prefer the KJV, but memorizing just works best for me to be in NKJ. You can memorize whatever works for you if you'd like to join me of course.

Here's the NKJV Psalm I'm working on.

Psalm 91
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

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