I haven't shared this yet, but I've been feeling compelled to memorize scripture lately. I haven't really memorized ANY since I was in high school, when I was basically required to memorize a lot. I don't know why I suddenly feel compelled. I can't explain it. Memorizing anything, really, used to sound like such a chore, as if I were cramming for a Bio test in college. But for whatever reason, I have a new and somewhat urgent desire in me to make it happen. It has a bit to do with the time I have, now that the kids are in school all day and I am reading the Bible a lot more and realizing that I want to know where things are, and want to be able to easily recall things for the sake of both equipping myself and teaching my children.
SO without further ado, I'm going to type out the first thing I've memorized straight from my own head! You'll just have to believe me on that one. Also, I can't guarantee proper punctuation. Why did I start with Psalm 63? Well, it was a spontaneous choice that, while I happened to be reading it, went something like, "Hey, I'm already pretty familiar with this passage. I think I'll start with this."
God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you.
My soul thirsts for you,
My flesh faints for you,
As in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
Beholding your glory and power.
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
I will bless you as long as I live.
In your name, I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
My mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
When I remember you on my bed,
And meditate on you in the watches of the night,
For you have been my help.
In the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to you.
Your right hand upholds me.
Isn't that so beautiful!? I'm feeling good about this. I've memorized two other passages since, and I can't tell you how many times I've already recited them in my brain or written them out on scratch paper when I've needed some encouragement on the spot.
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matt 4:4)