I’m supremely thankful for the time I invested studying and memorizing scripture from the New Testament books of Hebrews and Matthew (among others) during my teenage years through the Church of the Nazarene Youth Bible Quizzing program.
Since those years I have consistently chosen to keep Bible reading a part of my daily schedule, in some way or form, but haven’t been as diligent about dedicating myself to meditating upon and memorizing specific passages of scripture.
With the start of May, and the spring semester drawing to a close this weekend, it will officially be “summer” in my mind. Last week I, once more, came across Psalm 103 as the passage for the day during my read-the-Bible-in-a-year plan. As I listened to it being narrated through my Bible app, I found myself sighing with peace and thought back to other specific points in time when this same passage also came alive (Hebrews 4:12) to me.
Therefore, I’m endeavoring to memorize the 22 verses of Psalm 103 throughout May, June, and July. That’s about seven verses a month, where I can read and re-read one a day – totally do-able!
Feel free to share any useful memorization tips & tricks and help hold me accountable, will you?
English Standard Version (ESV)
Bless the Lord, O My Soul
103 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;[a]
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Online source: BibleGateway.com