Scripture Memorization

I’m going to begin today to memorize Psalm 103 in order to help me combat my rotten attitude. Here’s how it’s going to work:

  • Total verses: 22
  • Memorize one verse per day during the week
  • Use weekends to review
  • 22/5=4 R 2
  • This will take 4 weeks and two days to finish
  • Start date: February 4 (TODAY!)
  • Finish date: March 4

Today I am learning verse one. I usually read the verse 10 times and then recite it 10 times without looking, but since I already know this one from a song I’m just going to read the whole psalm today.

Psalm 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;
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!

And since the main reason I’m doing this is to fight my stinkin’ attitude, I may as well be honest about verse one. I know that it is right and appropriate and good that everything within me bless the Lord. I know He is worthy. I know He deserves my praise. I know those benefits about which David wrote! When I first forced my tail out of bed, however, my feelings did not want to bless the Lord for anything. My first thoughts focused on all I have to do today and all the ways I fail at doing what I need to do every day. Those thoughts led me questioning God’s wisdom and will over my life (once again). My feelings just weren’t cooperating with what my brain was trying to tell them to feel. All that is within me did not want to bless His Holy Name.

As you can tell, within the first seconds of waking I piled up a nice list of offenses.

I am so thankful that God did not give me over to feeling okay with not blessing Him today. After a couple of readings of Psalm 103 and considering His benefits, I had to ask His forgiveness for my blasphemous attitude. I also had to (and will keep working on today) my acceptance of His will for me. Motherhood is hard work! God has given me a huge responsibility. Part of my remedy lies in disciplining myself to see my responsibilities as significant trusts and as honors from Him. Considering the gravity of my tasks helps me stay focused. It helps to take my eyes off of me and put them on Jesus.

Otherwise, I would spend my day eating cookie dough and watching The Office.

Talk about trading a weekend at the sea for a splash in a puddle!

11 Comments on “Scripture Memorization

  1. You go, girl! I memorized Ps. 103 (one of my favorites, if it’s okay to play favorites with Scripture, is it?) a few years ago and after reading your post I’m thinkin’ I need a little attitude adjustment and maybe I need to revist the 103rd and forget not all His benefits!


  2. It’s so encouraging to see you use the word to address your feelings. Everything in life is so subjective laid against our own thoughts and feelings….laid against the word of God we see Him for who he is and ourselves for who we are.This is applying the gospel on a day to day basis! Go girl!


  3. We’ve all been there – and we all need that reminder! It is hard work sister… I’m there with you.


  4. Oh yes, getting the feelings to line up with the facts, and getting the facts to discipline the feelings. It is true refining fire. I will join you in Psalm 103.


  5. You ever heard of the “Harrow” family? They have set Psalm 103 to music, and it’s REALLY easy to memorize that way!


  6. Janet, I haven’t heard of that family. I’ll have to Google them. 🙂


  7. Great idea! I am joining you in memorizing Ps. 103. I started last night after I read your post, but am only now getting around to being able to comment here. I had one of those kinds of weeks last week and am desperately needing to work on my own attitude. I actually did mention the “h” word in my post – but that was before I read yours…..Thank you so much for this encouragement!


  8. I HATE when I know how I should or shouldn’t feel and I tell myself not to feel that way… but I still FEEL it! Arg!I like to remember, “the heart is deceitful above all things…” I might be using it out of context, but it helps me to remember that what I feel isn’t always accurate. Thanks for your kind comment on my post. I love what you said about the enemy making things seem bigger than they are. Yes! He does, doesn’t he? That’s a great thing for me to remember in the future! 🙂


  9. Great idea to memorize this Psalm (it’s one of my favourites – we even had this one read at our wedding!). Reminds me I should get back into memorizing some scripture.


  10. I need to get back into memorizing scripture, too. Reading that psalm reminded convicted my heart.


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