I’m trying a new devotional this year, and I love it. Timothy Keller’s The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms. Today, I read Psalm 23, arguably one of the most beloved of all the psalms. My mother’s favorite. The psalm my pastor encouraged me to memorize fifty years ago when I was preparing to become a member of my church. I chose to memorize a different psalm–I think it was something shorter, but honestly, I don’t remember.

I didn’t understand the value of learning God’s Word when I was eleven.

The Value of Remembering God’s Word

Now, at sixty, I know the value of memorizing–and remembering–God’s Word. The Word that guards my heart and mind when it lives there. When I have choices to make, His Word

  • Protects me from Satan’s schemes. Quenches the fiery darts (Ephesians 6:16).
  • Comforts me when I struggle (Psalm 119:50).
  • Guides me and lights my path (Psalm 119:105).
  • When I feel like I’m walking around in circles, unsure of where I’m going or how to get there, it makes my paths straight (Proverbs 3:6).
  • Gives freedom and blesses what I do (James 1:25-26)
Remembering God’s Word is a Tangible Way to See Him Working in My Life

God uses His Word to whisper in my ear, or shout if I don’t pay attention. At just the right moment, the Word I took time to memorize, floods my mind and like a pebble thrown into a lake, ripples throughout my entire being. I may not be able to see God, but I hear the Truth of His Word. He uses His Word to remind me He’s with me.

Remembering God’s Word Changes Me

Memorizing God’s Word is pointless if all I learn are the words. Memorizing must involve meditation–letting His Words infuse my life, become part of my being. I must act on the Word, or I deceive myself about my walk with God (James 1:22-25). My natural inclinations are replaced with God’s patterns.


How Do I Remember His Word?

The best way I found to memorize His Word is to keep it with me. I write verses on cards and carry them in my purse and car. I frame the verse I’m working on and keep it on my desk. When I stand in line or wait for Van to find just the right nail at the hardware store, I repeat the verse. When I swim, I say the verses I know. Reviewing past verses is as important to me as learning new ones. Otherwise, I forget. I keep the verses I know on a ring and spend time rehearsing them.

God’s Word in my heart and mind. Infused into my very being. Guiding. Encouraging. Correcting. Reminding. Lighting my way.

Remembering Linking with Coffee for Your Heart, #onewordcoffee, Thought Provoking Thursday


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