It has been a long time since Sunday School days when each week we had to commit a Bible verse to our memory and quote it to the entire class. I have tried this on occasion over the past 30 years, after my Sunday School days but have not gotten far beyond Psalm 1 or Psalm 91 and sometimes, Isaiah 40:31 ( wings of eagles). As I grow older, I found, I am unable to commit Bible verses to memory. And again I find what used to be so easy to understand as a child, is not so easy any more. I used the old King James’ Version when I was a child too and I could understand the meanings of verses quite easily I think. Now if I need to google to understand a verse. Have you faced this ? I sometimes ask blog friends and they explain passages to me too.But I deviate from the topic.
Over the past two weeks, I have had some time for personal reflection while my daughter was preparing for her exams so I decided to learn one Bible verse every week. Isn’t that ambitious.
So far, I have learnt
- Psalm 35: 13 Keep thy tongue from evil and thy lips from speaking guile. ( I chose this verse for a specific reason- out of all my organs, I think my tongue is the one over which I have least control of. Especially at office, I am often tempted to speak or gossip about some colleague when a group of us get together and I regret having done so after the event.
- 1 Chronicles 16: 8-10 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
9 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
10 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
I am trying to repeat what I learnt through the week, so it is ingrained in my brain and then I am forced to act according to what I have committed to memory. Is that a good plan ?
How do you do your Bible readings ? What do you do when you do not understand a particular passage ?