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)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Psalm 139:22

Today is Wednesday so review 1 Corinthians 13 before moving on to today's verse.

Psalm 139:22
I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

Again from Barnes....
With no approval whatever of their conduct; with no sympathy for the evil they do; with no words of apology for their sinful acts; with entire disapprobation. As they are the enemies of God, so I regard them as my enemies. I do not wish to be associated with them, or to be regarded as one of them.

These reflections seem to have sprung from his contemplation of the divine character and perfections, as leading him to hate all that was opposed to a Being so pure, so benevolent, so holy. On looking into his own heart, in view of what God was, he was conscious that he had no sympathy with the enemies of God as such; that such was his love for the character of God, and such his confidence in him, that he could have nothing in common with them in their feelings toward God, but wished to be dissociated from them forever.

Repeat this verse over and over until you've got it, then add on the previous 21 verses.  Only 2 more verses to go in this - our longest Psalm to date! You're doing fantastic!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Psalm 139:21

Sorry, I've been slacking on this lately.  We will finish this psalm this week though! :)

Today is Tuesday so review the book of Titus (hopefully you reviewed the Psalms yesterday) before moving on to today's verse.

Psalm 139:21
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you?

This verse contains some strong language.
Here is what Barnes Notes on the Bible says...
He hated them.... in the sense that he disapproved of their conduct; that he did not desire to be associated with them; that he wished to avoid their society, and to find his friends among men of a different character....It is not that hatred which is followed by malignity or ill-will; it is that which is accompanied with grief - pain of heart - pity - sorrow......The feeling referred to is anger - conscious disgust - at such conduct; and grief, pain, sorrow, that people should evince such feelings toward their Maker.

Repeat this verse over and over again, then add on the first 20 verses.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Psalm 139:20

Psalm 139:20
They speak of you with evil intent;  your adversaries misuse your name.

Repeat today's verse over and over, then add on v1-19.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Psalm 139:19

Today is Wednesday so review 1 Corinthians 13 before moving on to today's passage.

Psalm 139:19
If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! 

Begin by reviewing v1-18, then add on today's verse. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Psalm 139:18

Today is Tuesday so review the book of Titus before moving on to today's verse.

Psalm 139:18
Were I to count them,  they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake,  I am still with you.

A continuation of the thoughts from yesterday - God's thoughts are infinite and His thoughts of love for us are innumerable and continuous.  Such beautiful words in this Psalm.

Repeat this verse over and over throughout the day.  Once you have it down, add it on to v1-17.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Psalm 139:17

Today is Monday so begin by reviewing all the Psalms we've done so far.

Psalm 139:17
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!

Review v1-16 before moving on to today's verse.

The infinite mind of God is incredible and simply incomprehensible to our finite minds.

Repeat this verse over and over throughout your day today.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Moving along...

Sorry for slacking off there for awhile.  We went on a short family vacation and I just didn't get around to posting.  Tomorrow we'll be adding on v17.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Psalm 139:16

Psalm 139:16
your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Review v1-15 before moving on to today's verse.

Not only did God make you a wonderful creation, but all the days ordained for you were written before you were ever born.  You are on a special assignment for God.  He has work for you to do in this world that only you can do for Him.  When you truly understand that, what a difference it makes!

Meditate on this wonderful truth throughout your day today.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Psalm 139:15

Psalm 139:15
My frame was not hidden from you  when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

More beautiful words about the intimate creation of each one of us by our loving Creator.

Likely this passage is familiar to you.  But if not, take this verse phrase by phrase if you need to as it's a bit longer.  Repeat it over and over throughout your day.  Then add the first 14 verses.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Psalm 139:14

Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful,  I know that full well.

Begin by reviewing the first 13 verses of Psalm 139.

Now learn today's verse.

I wanted to include an excerpt from a sermon by Ken Ritz...
God created you exactly the way you are.  It was part of his perfect plan for you.

He wanted you to look just like you look, He wanted you to have exactly the skills and abilities and talents you have.

That was his perfect design for you.....

Would you say the same thing David did?

Do you look at the way you’re made, and say, "wow, God, you did a great job on me, I am wonderfully made. Way to go, God."

Not many of us are really that excited about the way God made us....

Many of us are very self-critical, always putting ourselves down.

Maybe you don’t say it out loud. Maybe you walk in here smiling, but inside you’re saying, 

"I’m fat.
I’m dumb.
I’m ugly.
I’m slow.
I’m a bad person.
I’m a terrible Christian.
I’m always late.
I’m so uncoordinated,
I just hope I don’t spill coffee on someone.

God wants you to stop putting yourself down.

When you put yourself down, who are you really putting down?

When you say, "I’m fat. I’m dumb. I’m ugly. I’m no good. I have no talent.” you’re really pointing to the creator who made you.

When you say, "God, I’m worthless. I’m no good. I can’t do anything” you’re really saying, "God, You blew it when you made me.”

God says, "No, I didn’t."

God says, I created you just the way I wanted you, but you just haven’t figured out yet how much I love you, and what my purpose for you is.

When you understand those things, you won’t put yourself down.

God doesn’t care about your outward appearance, He could care less if you look like Brad Pitt or Julia Roberts. "
the Lord looks at the heart." 

We should praise God for his wonderful creation of you.

You are a marvelous creation, and you are designed exactly the way He wanted you.

Do you praise God that you are fearfully and wonderfully made?  Do you praise God that when He created you He did a wonderful work?  Allow that truth to penetrate into your soul.  You ARE wonderfully made.  You ARE a wonderful work of our Creator God.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Psalm 139:13

Today is Wednesday, so review 1 Corinthians 13 before moving on to today's verse.

Psalm 139:13
For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 

Today we come to one of the most familiar passages in the Bible and definitely one of my favourite.  I love the intimacy of this verse and the fact that our Creator was so incredibly involved in the creation of each and every one of us.  It is verses like these that assure me that I will see my two miscarried babies in heaven - God created them in my womb just as much as my other four children and He knows them intimately.  And one day, I too, will get to know them in their perfected resurrected bodies!

Repeat this wonderful verse over and over today.  Then add it on to the previous 12 verses and do them all together.