LeRoy Eims on the importance of Scripture memory: "I think two of the master strokes of the devil have been to convince people he doesn't exist, and that Scripture memory is only for children. He remembers the humility of defeat when Jesus Christ, who was tempted in all points like as we are, met him with the Word of God." (What Every Christian Should Know About Growing; p. 26-27)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Psalm 46 starts tomorrow

OK, we're back from vacation and I'm ready to get going again.  Hopefully you have Psalm 23 ingrained in your memory.  If you're just joining us, feel free to start where we are, or go back and memorize anything we've done previously, it's totally up to you.  Don't worry about catching up, that would be overwhelming and likely lead to you quitting. Just pick up where we are, or do your own thing.  The important thing is that you are hiding His Word in your heart.

So I've decided to do Psalm 46 next.  I think after this we'll move into the New Testament, but we won't do a whole book again right away - we'll do 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter.

FYI - I use the NIV (1984) for memorization.  You may feel free to use another version, just know that the verses I quote are from that translation.

With that being said, write out Psalm 46 in your spiral notebook, or get it ready on your iPhone, or whatever you're using that works with your lifestyle.  We start tomorrow!

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, 
    an ever-present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 
though its waters roar and foam 
    and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, 
    the holy place where the Most High dwells. 
God is within her, she will not fall; 
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us; 
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come and see the works of the Lord, 
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
    he burns the shields with fire. 
10 “Be still, and know that I am God; 
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Interesting story from John Piper and how/why he chose to memorize Psalm 46.......
My first or second year of pastoring I was called to the hospital—quickly. I went without my Bible. Rollin Erickson's wife just had a heart attack. I walk into a room of probably 20 family members that didn't know if she was alive or dead—as she is in surgery. Rollin gave me a big hug and said, "John, give us a Word from the Lord." Now, if I had my Bible I would have opened it to a Psalm or something. I didn't have my Bible, and for whatever reason at age 35 my mind went blank.
I felt so humiliated. It was horrible. Here are 20 people, and the husband of a dying woman says, "Give us a Word from the Lord." I can't even remember what I said. I probably said, "Let's pray," and tried to paraphrase some Scripture. I went home and got on my knees that afternoon. I said, "Lord Jesus, that will never happen again." I opened to Psalm 46—"God is our refuge and strength." I have been able to quote Psalm 46 verbatim for the last 28 years. I decided that Psalm 46 is going to be in my head because it is so useful all the time.

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