What do David, Solomon, and Moses all have in common? True—each of these men are in the Bible. True—They lived during the time of the Old Testament. True—They led God’s people in extraordinary ways. But one unique feature about these three men is their authorship of different chapters in the book of Psalms. David wrote 73 psalms, Solomon wrote Psalm 72 and 127, and Moses wrote Psalm 90.
The entire book of Psalms is a collection of 150 Hebrew poems that invites us to look back to God’s Law while looking forward to his promise in Christ. These poems welcome us into the authors laments and praises, reminding us of the tension of living in the world but not among it. The poems also call us to place our undivided faith and complete hope in the coming Messiah, King Jesus. (To learn more about Psalms, you may be interested to watch this summary video published by the Bible Project).
Throughout 2019, our church has worked together to memorize Psalm 1, selections from Psalm 22, Psalm 23, Psalm 100, and, right now, Psalm 150. No matter how well or not well you did during the first 11 months of 2019 on these chapters and other memory verses, I encourage you to work hard and commit to memory Psalm 150. Hiding God’s Word in your heart (check out Psalm 119:11) supernaturally transforms our lives from one degree of glory to another. A cursory glance at the New Testament suggests that Jesus, Peter, and Paul had a good handle on many Old Testament verses and passages. A knowledge of history informs us that prior to the printing press in 1439, Christians had to memorize the Bible in order to mediate on it. Today, we have numerous texts in the Old and New Testament instructing us to memorize the Bible.
Likely, though, the bigger challenge is not convincing you that Bible memory is important but guiding you to do it. Besides the obvious—sitting down and doing it—here are five tools that may help you.
- Use car time to work on verses
- Repeat verses over and over
- Memorize while looking at verses and covering one word at a time
- Say verses out loud
To begin, open your Bible to Psalm 150 and see if you can identify the repeated phrase at the beginning and end of Psalm 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, and 150. Did you discover it? If so, you’ve likely already memorized the start and end of Psalm 150…just four more verses to go!
*If you’re interested in learning more about Bible memory, check out the following 3 resources from Andy Davis, Pastor of FBC Durham in North Carolina: