Sunday, July 27, 2014

Memorizing and Meditating on Psalm 1:5 (And a short word from John Piper)

We are almost finished with memorizing and/or meditating on Psalm 1. Next week will be our final verse!
Waiting for the Word (Flickr)

This week’s verse continues the serious warning for those who are living without God.

Psalm 1:5 (New International Version)
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

Psalm 1:5 (Amplified Bible) For meditation purposes.
Therefore the wicked [those disobedient and living without God] shall not stand [justified] in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous [those who are upright and in right standing with God].

Although I am not “enjoying” the message of the last half of Psalm 1, I appreciate the reminder of the seriousness of our choices when we choose not to follow God.

How are you doing?

  • If you are just now joining us, be sure to read the first three verses of Psalm 1 to get the full meaning of the last three verses of the Psalm.
  • Who do you need to pray for regarding their relationship with God? Has it been a while since you’ve prayed for the salvation of your unbelieving co-workers, relatives or friends?
  • When can you schedule time to spend with them to answer any questions they may have about God and eternity?
I will email you a copy of the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. Be sure to subscribe to this blog (via email) and leave a comment letting me know what Bible translation you prefer.

As a special treat, I have included (below) a special message from John Piper, which was uploaded onto YouTube Jan 18, 2009, titled, “The Value of Memorizing Scripture.” In this short message, he humbly, yet passionately, explains the benefits of memorizing scripture especially in regard to the spiritual battles we face (“Memorizing Scripture helps me to hit the devil in the face with a force he cannot resist!... and [the devil] hates you, and your family….!”).




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Memorizing and Meditating on Psalm 1:4

Photo by James Temby (Flickr) 
Thank you for continuing with us as we memorize and/or meditate on Psalm 1. The first three verses spoke of blessings, delightfulness and fruit being offered to those who choose to be nourished by God’s Word and His ways.

Notice the sharp change in tone beginning with this week’s verse:

Psalm 1:4 (New International Version)
Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.

Psalm 1:4 (Amplified Bible) For meditation purposes.
Not so the wicked [those disobedient and living without God are not so]. But they are like the chaff [worthless, dead, without substance] which the wind drives away.

My! That doesn't sound very appealing, does it?

For sure, this verse (and the verses we will focus on over the next two weeks) are less fun to memorize (or even think about!) than the first half of Psalm 1. But important, in their warning, nevertheless!

How are you doing?

  • While you commit this verse to memory (and/or spend time meditating on it), how does its seemingly harsh message make you feel? Does it effectively display the consequences of choosing not to dwell on God’s Word and His teachings?
  • How might this verse cause you to pray for those who are not seeking God’s truth so that they might avoid such outcomes?

I will email you a copy of the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. Be sure to subscribe to this blog (via email) and leave a comment letting me know what Bible translation you prefer.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Memorizing and Meditating on Psalm 1:3 (Plus, my "first" radio interview!)

We are in the third week of memorizing Psalm 1. Congratulations to those who have committed verses one and two to memory!

Photo by Nicholas_T (Flickr)
If you haven’t quite mastered the first two verses, or if you’re just now joining us, no worries! You can start fresh with this week’s verse: (The verse is referring to a person who chooses not to hang with the ungodly, but delights in God’s Word and ways, instead).

Psalm 1:3 (New International Version)
 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 prospers.

Psalm 1:3 (Amplified Bible) (For meditation purposes)
And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].

Last week, I often kept my Scripture Memory Card (SMC) near me so I could glance at it between sales calls for Wave 94. As I delighted in God and His ways (Psalm 1:2 AMP), the stress of my day noticeably lessened!

At the end of this blog post, I am posting a radio interview I did with Doug Apple (Wave 94 general manager). It was recorded in 2011, several months before I began working for him. I had so much fun doing this interview, my first one in over twenty-years! Let me know what you think about Doug’s dedication to memorizing scripture and how it has affected his life. (It opens with a bit of my testimony, too.)

How are you doing?

  • Have you noticed any changes in your life or personality since beginning memorizing and/or meditating on Psalm 1?
  • Do you have a story about how memorizing scripture has changed you?
I will email you a copy of the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. Be sure to subscribe to this blog (via email) and leave a comment letting me know what Bible translation you prefer.



Monday, July 7, 2014

Memorizing and Meditating on Psalm 1:2

Photo by Alyssa Rees (Flickr)
I hope you’re enjoying memorizing Psalm 1. Again, we’re not striving for perfection. Even if you choose to just meditate on these verses, you will love what happens in your relationship with God and His Word!

Here’s the next verse:
Psalm 1:2 New International Version (NIV)
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, 
and who meditates on his law day and night.

Psalm 1:2 Amplified Bible (AMP) (for meditation purposes)
But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. 

Here’s the method I use most often to memorize scripture. (You will find several fun ways to memorize verses, alone or with other people, on the “Tips on Memorizing Scripture” tab, located under the blog’s header.)

When using Scripture Memory Cards (SMCs):
1. Recite the verse reference (for example: “Psalm one, verse two”)
2. Recite the verse
3. Recite verse reference, again

Repeat this process three times during one sitting every day, looking at the verse less and less each time. Most likely, you’ll have it memorized within a week!

How are you doing?

  • How did you do with the first verse of Psalm 1? Memorized it, yet—even imperfectly?
  • Which part(s) of the first two verses do you love most?
  • Will memorizing scripture enable you to delight more in God’s ways?
  • What is your favorite way to memorize (or meditate on) scripture?
I will email you a copy of the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. Be sure to subscribe to this blog (via email) and leave a comment letting me know what Bible translation you prefer.




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