Posted by: bellissimanh | February 16, 2009

Memory Monday

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To be sure I don’t forget the verses I learned a couple of months ago, today I’m going to post all I’ve learned so far… the ones for this week will be the last four.

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, those who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity, they walk in His ways.

You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently. Oh that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes. Then I would not be ashamed when I look into all Your commandments. I will praise You with uprightness of heart when I learn Your righteous judgements. I will keep Your statutes; do not forsake me utterly!

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word. With my whole heart I have sought You; let me not wander from Your commandments. Your Word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD, teach me Your statutes!

With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts and contemplate Your ways. I will also delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word.

Deal bountifully with Your servant that I may live and keep Your Word. Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from Your law. I am a stranger to the earth, do not hide Your commandments from me. My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times.

You rebuke the proud — the cursed, who stray from Your commandments. Remove from me reproach and contempt, for I have kept Your testimonies. Princes also sit and speak against me, but Your servant meditates on Your statutes. Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.

My soul clings to the dust, revive me according to Your Word. I have declared my ways and You answered me. Make me understand the way of Your precepts, so shall I meditate on Your wonderful works. My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your Word.

Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me Your law graciously. I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me. I cling to Your testimonies. Oh LORD, do not put me to shame. I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart.

Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding and I shall keep Your law; indeed I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness.

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things and revive me in Your way. Establish Your Word to Your servant who is devoted to fearing You. Turn away my reproach, which I dread, for Your judgments are good. Behold, I long for Your precepts; revive me in Your righteousness.

Let Your mercies come also to me; Your salvation according to Your Word. So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Your Word. And take not the Word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in Your ordinances. So shall I keep Your law continually, forever and ever.

And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts. I will speak also of Your testimonies before kings, and will not be ashamed. I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and will meditate on Your statutes.

Remember Your Word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your Word has given me life. The proud have me in great derision, yet I do not stray from Your commandments. I remembered Your judgments of old, O LORD, and have comforted myself.

Ok… you can see that the last four were a little shaky, and not word for word. I’ll keep working on them this week. All in all, I’m up to 52 verses. As I typed all of these out today, I was amazed at the memories of how the Lord used each in my life. The section about “princes also sit and speak against me” was memorized in a week when Satan was sitting in the seat of accuser and I was tempted to lash back and defend myself… but I remembered the second part of that verse and instead meditated on the Lord and His Word… and let HIM be my Rock and my Defender. And now… months later, one of the songs on the “Patriarchs” music CD is speaking to my soul in a powerful way (thank you, Travis Cottrell and David Moffitt!)…

God Almight, El Shaddai
El Elyon, Lord God Most High
You have been my Rock and my Defender!
All I have, I lay it down
Before the throne of Your renown
Let everything I am be found surrendered.
King of my heart
King of my days
For all You are
You are forevermore
God of my praise!

And of course it’s no coincidence that the same week I was memorizing the verses about turning away from looking at worthless things, Tim was filling in for Jeff and delivering a sermon on idolatry.

Here are my verses for next week — v. 53-56:

“Indignation has taken hold of me because of the wicked who forsake Your law. Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. I remember Your name in the night, O LORD, adn I keep Your law. This has become mine, because I kept Your precepts.”

What are you memorizing? How is God using it in Your life?

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Responses

  1. That’s a lot of verses!!! 🙂 Keep going. I love how that just at random times, but appropriate, verses come to my mind. Or, if I’m studying somewhere else, they will pop up in my mind – the ones that I’ve memorized – that will match up with what else is being studied, or make it clearer.

    Well, I’ll give it a try.

    II Tim. starting in about verse 2:11

    it is a faithful saying, if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him.
    If we suffer, we shall also reign with him. If we deny him, he also will deny us.
    If we believe not, he abides faithful, he cannot deny himself.

    Of these things put them in rememberance, charging them before the Lord, that they strive not about vain words to not profit but to the subverting of the hearers (I am really having a hard time with this verse!)

    study to show yourself approved unto God a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,

    but shun profane and vain babblings, … which shall lead to more ungodlines…. (and I can’t remember this one either, no matter how hard I try!)

    and …. I worked on the next verse, but they are totally gone right now!! 😦 😦 I will have to work on them some more. I don’t know….

    anyway, the last phrase of yours… I have remembered your words of old and comforted myself (paraphrased, I know) – yes…isn’t that so true!! How many times have you (and I) read through the Psalms, or studied an O.T. passage and been blessed and comforted! Just this morning, I read through a Psalm several times for comfort…. oh, I’m so glad that His Word will not pass away!!!

  2. YOU GO GIRL! Great job! Keep up the good work!
    Blessings – Lisa

  3. Great job!! I am currently memorizing 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5:

    “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. (KJV)

    I chose this because it goes so well with the Bible study I am currently doing which is Kelly Minter’s “No Other Gods”.

    Have a great week.

    Leah


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