“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!” (Psalm 119:11).
One of the most important things I learned as a young Christian many, many years ago (thank you Pastor Erwin Dyck & Pastor Dave Koop!) is the value of memorizing Bible verses. Since that time, I have memorized countless hundreds of Scriptures, including several favourite chapters such as Romans 8, John 1-3 and Ephesians 1.
Hiding God’s Word in our hearts – meditating on and memorizing Bible verses – not only helps us to remember the truth of God’s Word, but it also nourishes our spirits. Jesus Himself said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4). And “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17).
This summer, I’m doing a series on JOY from the Book of Philippians, I made the decision to attempt to memorize this entire book of the Bible – four short chapters with a total of 104 verses. So far, I have only learned the first six verses, which I am sharing with you here from memory. Only 98 to go!
Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, and to all the bishops and deacons. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine, making request for you all with JOY, for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
The CHALLENGE: What Bible verses have you memorized lately?