I knew nothing of the Bible when I became a believer. I didn’t know who Moses was or how David slew Goliath. But I did know God loved me, he accepted me on the basis of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and Jesus’ glorious resurrection meant I was forgiven and had eternal life.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
I knew these beautiful truths because someone recited and explained John 3:16 to me in my high school cafeteria. God’s word is alive and active, penetrating and revealing. (Hebrews 4:12)
As I began reading and committing God’s word to memory, I found it came to mind when I was least expecting – and most needing – it. For over forty years now, this has been my experience. In times of discouragement, God’s word gives hope. In times of temptation, it cautions. In times of confusion, it brings clarity.
Here are some creative ways to saturate your life with the word of God.
Pray It – After reading A Praying Life, by Paul Miller, I began the habit of writing a Bible verse on an index card for each of the people I pray for regularly. Throughout the year, I pray these verses over my family and friends. Sometimes, I share the verses with them telling them I’m praying for their peace, or faith, or witness.
…So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
(Isaiah 55:11 NIV)
Write It – At a prayer meeting in a friend’s home, I noticed scripture verses on her walls in decorative frames. Not only were the words encouraging, they reinforced truth and gave me a visual reminder. So, write the word of God on sticky notes, banners, chalkboards, or in lipstick on the bathroom mirror!
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:25-26 NIV)
Listen to It and Sing It – Word of God by ACAPPELLA is God’s word set to music. When the kids were young, I played it in the car to and from baseball and ballet. As I read through my Bible and come to a familiar passage, I find I can sing through it because of the songs I’ve memorized.
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. (Psalm 96:1 NIV)
Memorize Long Portions of It – Last year I began memorizing longer continuous portions of God’s word. I was so used to memorizing scripture out of context, it surprised me to notice Jesus said the words of John 3:16 to Nicodemus! My favorite passages include: 1 Corinthians 4, Psalm 23, Phillipians 2, and Psalm 103.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)
Meditate on It – Choose one theme or one verse for the year and spend time thinking about the words God chose to place in his book. It seems providential to me now that God moved me to choose the theme TRUST for my memory verses for 2020. I’ll leave you with these two, I hope they encourage your heart and motivate you to saturate your life with God’s word.
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:8 NIV)
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8 NIV)
Miller, Paul E. A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World. NavPress, 2017.
Word of God. (2000) [CD-ROM] The Acappella Company. Dramatic Music Group.