Monday, August 18, 2014

Memorizing and/or Meditating on Psalm 18:1 (Plus, A Scripture Memorization Tool!!)

As I mentioned last week, rather than memorizing a whole Psalm, this week we will begin focusing on verses in some of my favorite Psalms. (Please share some of your favorites.)

Photo by Waiting for the Word (Flickr)
We begin with Psalm 18. How could I resist loving verse 1?!

Psalm 18:1 New International Version (NIV)
I love you, LORD, my strength.

I especially love the passion expressed in the Amplified Bible!
Psalm 18:1 (Amplified Bible) 
 I love You fervently and devotedly, O Lord, my Strength.

David wrote Psalm 18 after God delivered him from huge trials. As we spend time over the next few weeks on select verses from Psalm 18, consider how this Psalm relates to the issues you face. You might even want to journal about what the Lord tells you.

In addition, I would like to hear how you memorize scripture. I have a few methods on the Tips on Memorizing Scripture tab under the blog’s header. This week, I’m adding a method I used a couple of years ago, and plan to start using again:

Write out the verse on one side of an index card. On the reverse side, write only the first letter followed by a blank for each word. For example:

Psalm 18:1 (NIV)
I love you, LORD, my strength.

Psalm 18:1 (NIV)
I    l___   y__,   L___,   m__    s____.

After reading the verse several times, I flip the card over and try to recall the verse using the side with the blanks. You will be amazed how quickly you’re able to master memorizing verses with this method!

As mentioned in previous posts, I include the written text from the Amplified Bible for meditation purposes on my Scripture Memory Cards (SMCs).

What about you?

  • Have you read Psalm 18, lately? What are your favorite verses? Why?
  • How will memorizing this week’s verse about loving God and declaring Him as your strength, help you mature in your Christian walk?

Did you know that memorizing helps your brain to stay healthy? Not to mention your spirit!!

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer and if you would like the “First Letter with a Blank” memory tool (for the verse) to be included.


  1. This is indeed a great memory verse. I think I will give this to my grand daughter to memorize also. Thanks. :)

    1. You are very welcome, Barbara. Let me know when your granddaughter has it memorized! I'll send her a sucker, too!

    2. Oh, I will! And she will memorize it for a sucker too! :) thanks!

  2. "First letter with a Blank" is a great study method! The Bible memory app Remember Me uses this method along with a plethora of other helpful study tools. It enables you to memorize any passage from any Bible version. Remember Me is available for iOS and Android.
    Google Play:

    1. Peter, thank you very much for stopping by and for sharing the great ap, Remember Me with us. I will check it out.

      Also, if you want to share stories on how memorizing God's Word has changed your life or helped during a trying season, please do.

      Blessings! Please stop by again, Peter.


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