For ‘Eureka!’, read ‘answered prayer’. I just wanted to capture your attention with a dramatic headline! But isn’t it wonderful how God often answers prayer in such a variety of ways – sometimes even using ourselves to answer our own prayer, as it were.
I have just completed re-memorising Psalm 119 and was prayerfully wondering what new Scripture memorising challenge to take on. I didn’t just want to memorise something for the sake of it – though that is not necessarily a bad thing. I also wanted to memorise something that would be really useful – and yes, I know that all Scripture is profitable.
Then, on Thursday, I was doing a very superficial overview of the book of Psalms with the students and made the unprepared, off the cuff, comment that I had probably used the Psalms more than any other part of the Bible in my pastoral ministry and personal life – and that was the Eureka moment. Memorise the Psalms.
So begins the challenge. Psalm 1 is already firmly embedded in my memory, as is 119, though not as firmly just yet, so only 148 to go; and some of them are so well-known to me that they are already half-memorised. I estimate it will take close on 3 years to cover them all, but what a blessing it will be to my own soul, and I look to the Lord to graciously give me many opportunities along the way to use it for the blessing and encouragement of others.
What are you currently memorising? Do let me know.