Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. -Colossians 3:16
Recently I’ve been encouraged by a group of ladies to memorize scripture together. Every other Tuesday morning, we huddle at Cabin Coffee with our Bibles open, coffee cups steaming, and ears ready to listen as we take turns reciting the verses we’ve spent the past week reading over and over again.
Scripture memorization has really helped me in a lot of ways. We can see throughout the Bible that God uses it to help us grow in Christ-likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18), triumph over sin (Psalm 119), comfort people around us (Proverbs 25:11), share the gospel, and so much more. What I’ve been finding is, the more I’ve memorized Isaiah 55, the more I’ve been aware of it. I see it in books I’m reading, I see it come to life at the grocery store, I’ve been able to drip it into conversations, and understand the text in some really sweet ways.
This season, I’d like to try something with you.
We’ve all heard the Easter story, or perhaps read it several times, but what I’d like to try this year is to MEMORIZE a piece of this story. My hope is that as we read and recite, that it would come to life for us in new ways. That we would pray through the words, understand our need for Jesus more, and let it seep into our conversations. We need to hear the Gospel truth over and over, and friends, I know there are people around us who need us to share it with them as well.
There are a couple of verses below to try out. Read through them and give it a chance. I promise, God’s word doesn’t return void. God said, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” -Isaiah 55:11
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” -Romans 10:9-10
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9