Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Memorizing Scripture Verses by Zoe M. McCarthy

I was six years old, living in St. Petersburg, Florida. My first-grade teacher said, “I need a volunteer to read Psalm 100 at the assembly tomorrow.” My arm shot up, and I got the job. At home, I couldn’t wait to share the news with my mother. Her eyes widened. She knew I couldn’t read. We sat together and practiced until I memorized the five-verse psalm. I still recall verses in the King James Version.
Zoe M. McCarthy


Around age forty, I became a Christian. I fell in love with the Twenty-third Psalm. Again, I memorized it in the King James Version. I recite the psalm a lot. It comforts me. John 3:16, too, but in the NIV.


Sometime after that, I memorized 1 Chronicles 4:10, the prayer of Jabez in the NIV. Probably because it was a fad, I remember the gist but the words have left me.
As a more mature Christian, I attended a Christian church conference. In one workshop, a woman recited the whole book of Ephesians, speaking as if she were Paul. Her performance awed me. I couldn’t stop contemplating how she took the time to memorize all six chapters and become Paul for others. 


While a children’s leader for Bible Study Fellowship, we studied Romans. The eighth chapter was rich with meaning. Recalling the woman who memorized Ephesians and moved on to memorize Philippians, I decided to learn the words of Romans 8. I did much of my practice when I had insomnia, but I mastered it. The meanings of the verses sank in, and I liked to think I was Paul, as I recited them to myself.


I drew enough courage from the Lord to recite it at a BSF leaders’ group fellowship. I spoke it, as I believed Paul would emote the words. Now, I can’t recite Romans 8, but I understand that chapter better than most.


A friend has scads of verses memorized. I can count on her to know a verse when we need it in the Bible study I lead. Her retention of so much Scripture is a gift.

What is your verse-memorizing story?

About the Author

A full-time writer and speaker, Zoe M. McCarthy, author of The Invisible Woman in a Red DressGift of the Magpie, andCalculated Risk, writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. When she’s not writing, Zoe enjoys her five grandchildren, teaching Bible studies, leading workshops on writing, knitting and crocheting shawls for a prayer shawl ministry, gardening, and canoeing. She lives with her husband in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Zoe blogs regularly atwww.zoemmccarthy.com.


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8 comments:

  1. I remember receiving special stickers for memorizing Scripture when I was a young girl. Our Sunday School teacher taught us the verses for the week and all the children were so excited to get that special sticker.

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    1. Melissa, you reminded me that when I was a BSF children's leader and a Sunday school teacher for the 4s and 5s, we played Bible verse take-away. I'd put each word of the verse on a slip of paper and put the slips in order on the rug. Then the children closed their eyes and I'd take away one or two words. We'd read the verse and when we got to the missing words they would have to say them. The children loved this game, so the verse got repeated a lot!

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  2. I love the more recent translations of the Bible. But, for me, there's nothing more comforting than the King James version of the 23rd Psalm.

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    1. I agree, Carlene. Psalm 100, too, for me.

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  3. I heard a man recite the Sermon on the Mount once. That was so powerful! I've memorized large chunks. Even after the specifics eventually fade away, snatches of verses--and the truths they contain--remain. I need to pick a new one to memorize after reading this! Thanks for renewing the prompt!

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    1. Now you're getting me excited, Emily. I wish I could recite the whole book of John.

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  4. I wish I had more memorized. People who manage entire chapters and books amaze me.

    Like you, my recall of the Psalms is in the King James Version.

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  5. Me, too, Terri. I remember a speaker, a prioner during the Vietnam war, said he and the other prisoners managed together to know enough of the 23rd Psalm to come up with the entire psalm. It helped them get through their ordeal.

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