Memory Verses

It has been a long time since Sunday School days when each week we had to commit a Bible verse to our memory and quote it to the entire class. I have tried this on occasion over the past 30 years, after my Sunday School days but have not gotten far beyond Psalm 1 or Psalm 91 and sometimes, Isaiah 40:31 ( wings of eagles). As I grow older, I found, I am unable to commit Bible verses to memory. And again I find what used to be so easy to understand as a child, is not so easy any more. I used the old King James’ Version when I was  a child too and I could understand the meanings of verses quite easily I think. Now if I need to google to understand a verse. Have you faced this ? I sometimes ask blog friends and they explain passages to me too.But I deviate from the topic.

Over the past two weeks, I have had some time for personal reflection while my daughter was preparing for her exams so I decided to learn one Bible verse every week. Isn’t that ambitious.

So far, I have learnt

  1. Psalm 35: 13 Keep thy tongue from evil and thy lips from speaking guile. ( I chose this verse for a specific reason- out of all my organs, I think my tongue is the one over which I have least control of. Especially at office, I am often tempted to speak or gossip about some colleague when a group of us get together and I regret having done so after the event.
  2. 1 Chronicles 16: 8-10    Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done.
    9 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.
    10 Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

I am trying to repeat what I learnt through the week, so it is ingrained in my brain and then I am forced to act according to what I have committed to memory. Is that a good plan ?

How do you do your Bible readings ? What do you do when you do not understand a particular passage ?

18 thoughts on “Memory Verses

  1. Memorization-so easy in youth. I didn’t always understand but memorized faithfully-now they come back and I am so glad I did. I have jst decided I will not understand everything-that is where I just need to rely on faith. I loved Sunday school when I was a kid.

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  2. I think you are right….it was easier to memorize when I was younger also! Maybe my brain was more sponge like? I have a sister in law who puts the verse on her fridge so she sees it everyday while she is memorizing it.


  3. I memorized Bible verses from the King James version when I was a child. In my teen years I was reading modern translations. Now when I try to recite a verse, it comes out as a mangled mesh of ancient and modern English.

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    1. I am so happy to hear that you remember the verses you learnt as a little girl. I can remember Psalm 23, Psalm 1, John 3: 16 and Luke 6:31, all from my Sunday School days. From my youth, really nothing.

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      1. Happy Sunday Susie. Here, a lot of people walk around talking on their cell phone, but you never see the phone, just an ear piece (Bluetooth?). Sometimes in the store, you think they’re talking to you. No, they’re just talking on the phone. It’s weird.
        Maybe it just looks like you’re talking on the phone. Ha ha!
        Sometimes I sing loudly in the car. Sometimes I pray very loudly (screaming) in the car. It’s ok, my windows are closed and other drivers probably think I’m talking on the phone. Ha ha!
        All this to say, you don’t look weird talking out loud. Others probably think you jus on the phone..
        it’s nice chatting (via blog) with you Susie.

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      2. Read the last line- “I am anointed with fresh oil.” That’s what I’m praying, to be anointed with fresh oil.

        “But my horn [my emblem of strength and power] You have exalted like that of a wild ox; I am anointed with fresh oil [for Your service].”
        ‭‭PSALM‬ ‭92:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬


      3. Hmmm, never thought of it like that. I just thought it meant strength. But if it means what you are known for, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were known for being full of Gods love.
        I’ve been praying (anointed with fresh oil) to be anointed and full of His Holy Spirit. Fill me, O Lord.

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