A few years ago if you would have talked to me about memorizing scripture I would have rolled my eyes and tuned you out. Not that I didn’t love reading the Word but I didn’t think it was terribly important to memorize. I don’t have the greatest memory anyway so I never really tried.
I think we can all agree this was such false thinking on my part. Memorizing scripture is SO vital to our Christianity and for our sanity. The Bible even says to hide His word in your heart (Psalm 119:11). How do you think we do this? By memorizing it!
Ever have a song that calms you down when you’re in a bad mood? Or a poem that makes you feel like you’re not alone in that place you’re in right now? Or maybe a book that just gives you warm fuzzies every time you read it?
We all have those things that we use as comfort for all our varying emotions. And the beautiful thing I’ve learned in my life is that God’s Word is that comfort to us as well. It should be the first place we go to for comfort!
While the Bible is not about us but rather all about God and His son, it is our lifeguide when we don’t know what to do, our comfort when we are sad, our compass when we have no idea where to go next, and our words of rejoicing when we are happy.
Knowing scripture is a way to focus every aspect of our lives on Him. We should be reciting scripture over and over. We should be writing them down and sharing them. We should be hanging little sticky notes at work and on our mirrors at home.
God’s Word should be in every little avenue of our lives because God should be in every avenue of our lives.
There have been a few key passages that have been crucial to my journey. These verses helped me through dark times, opened my eyes to my sin and selfishness, and kept me grounded in truth. There are also verses that have touched me more recently that I have made my goal to memorize! I encourage you to not only read these verses but read the ones before and after them for the true context of why they’re so powerful. Dig into the history and cultural significance of each one.
1) “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10
This verse kept coming up in a time when I needed it most. I kept seeing it on Facebook or Instagram. I kept scrolling by it on Pinterest or on other blogs. It just kept coming up and reassuring me through a very difficult season in life. I held on to this promise for dear life!
2) “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers. But whose delight is in the law of the Lord. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3
I have this verse on a sticky note at my desk and written in the notebook I use for work. It is such a great way to realign how I am acting at work. Am I being an example of Christ or am I looking more like the world?
3)“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.” Isaiah 55:10-13
While you will probably hear verses 8 and 9 of this passage quoted a lot, I love the verses following. I love this grand picture that is shown. It such a beautiful reminder that God is bigger. God is better. God is ultimate. I just love it. I read it when I’m having a moment of worry or doubt. I read it and am reminded that He has thought of everything. He knows the end and in the end everything will point to His glory! I have no need to worry!
4) “He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.” Exodus 35:35
Such a random verse I know! But for me, this is such a beautiful picture of the way God created each one of us. He created us different with different talents and skills and desires. It reminds me to keep this in mind when I feel insecure about where I am with my job or maybe when I have a day of “I wish I had her/his job”. And it’s even kept me in line when I have thought badly about other people’s jobs or talents. He hand-picked that skill for you, for me. So cool to think about!
5) ”Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
I used to think that when someone was mad at me or when I knew someone had something against me, that it was their problem not mine. Wrong! Biblically we should go to that brother or sister and talk it out. Fix the issue even if you’re “in the right” or have no issue with that person. If I know someone is upset with me this verse is a great reminder in my head to talk with that person.
6) “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-6
I feel like this should be memorized by every Christian. We probably have all heard it a million times in our lives. But do we really live it! Do we write this on our hearts and recite it when we need to examine our actions and words? Are we loving the way Christ loves?
7) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Just to go along with #6, we should all know this. And by know it I don’t mean just have it memorized, I mean KNOW it in our hearts. Let it challenge you and correct you when you aren’t showing the fruits!
8) “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” John 15:16
I mean…come on. Do I really need to explain why I love this one?!
9) “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:6-8
Yea, you read that right. If you’re not hot you’re cold. If your mind is set on earthly things then it is “hostile” towards God. Stinkin’ powerful y’all! If your heart isn’t on Christ then it’s hostile towards Him and cannot please Him. Ahh! It gets me every time!
10) “Teach me your decrees, O Lord; I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you. Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good. I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.” Psalm 119:33-40
THIS is my jam right now. I am working on memorizing this passage and praying it through the day. It’s just so beautiful and is such a perfect life motto. We should be focusing everything on Him! All we are doing should be to serve Him. And we should be praying that the Lord aligns our hearts to His will.
I hope and pray that these verses comfort you as they have comforted me. I pray that you etch His Word onto your heart and that you live and breathe it!
I would love to hear the verses or passages that have changed you, molded you and comforted you. Which scriptures have you memorized or are working on memorizing now?