Memorizing Scripture

highlighter-yellowPROPS: A hi-lighter

Has everyone seen one of these before? Has anyone ever used one? It’s a highlighter. And what do we use highlighters for?

Highlighters are an important tool. Students use highlighters when they’re studying for school. If you’re reading your notes or a book and come across something you want to remember, you might highlight that section. Then when you go back and study, that important passage will jump out at you because it’s a different color.

Sometimes a person at their job might use a highlighter to mark something they want to remember. Or, if they’re reading a long report for their boss, they might use the highlighter to mark something very important for their boss to see.

Can anyone else give me an example of where we might use a highlighter?

Has anyone ever seen someone mark their Bible with a highlighter? That can be a very valuable tool for us as we study God’s word. If you find a verse that’s really meaningful to you, you can highlight it so it will catch your attention, or so you can find it again.

But you know, there’s another way we can highlight scripture in our lives, and that’s to memorize it. Memorizing is just like highlighting scripture in your heart. When you’re feeling down, you can remember a verse about joy. When you need to resist temptation, you can recall a verse about standing strong with God.

Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Just as a highlighter brings the words on a page to light, God’s word lights the steps of our lives. Sounds like a good verse to highlight in our hearts, doesn’t it? Repeat it with me. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

Repeat that same verse tonight, and every night this week. Then every week, recite that verse at least once. Then start memorizing other verses. The more of God’s word you can highlight in your life, the more you will find yourself walking in his light.

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