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I will take pleasure in your laws and remember your words (Psalm 119:16, CEV).

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Ottawa River Sunset – photo by David Kitz

Reflection

This week’s I Love the Psalms theme is remembering.

It seems that Bible memorization is a thing of the past. There was a time when both children and adults routinely committed large portions of the scriptures to memory. For the most part this practice has gone into decline. Memorization has fallen out of favor in the educational realm as well. There is so much information so readily available through handheld devices, why bother memorizing anything?

Today’s verse from the Psalms reminds us that memorization is an important skill.

I will take pleasure in your laws and remember your words (Psalm 119:16, CEV).

Remembering God’s word should be more than a skill. It should be a pleasure—a pleasure because God’s word has transformative power. It changes our thinking and our lives.

Joshua, the great conqueror, succeeded because he meditated on God’s word. It’s hard to meditate on something you haven’t committed to memory. Joshua conquered God’s word as he conquered the Promised Land. Perhaps we should follow his example.

Response: LORD God, I want to know your word far better. Help me to memorize and meditate on your precious word. You have the words of life. Amen.

Your Turn: Have you memorized portions of God’s word?