So how’s the homework going this week? Have any of you come up with new ways to make God a more conscious part of your days? Are you finding time each day to learn more about Him? Has knowing Him become a priority for you?
I hope so. Even if you are spending just a few more minutes each day thinking of Him and meditating on His word, you are making progress.
One method I like to use to really focus on a passage of scripture is memorization. I know, I know. Memorization for me these days is kind of like trying to string beads on a broken necklace. The words keep slipping away. BUT I’ve found long-term retention is not my main goal anymore. I get the most benefit just from the process of memorizing. As I slow down and go over the words again and again, I notice nuggets of truth I often miss when I simply read through a passage.
I chose Psalm 34 as my homework psalm this week, so yesterday I plugged it into ScriptureTyper and began to memorize it. (If you haven’t discovered this online site, I highly recommend it. If you like computer games and competition, give it a try. It’s a fun way to memorize scripture on your computer or phone.)
Here’s what I noticed when I slowed down to learn the first three verses. David is expressing exactly what Claudine recommended in last week’s lesson:
“I will praise the LORD at all times; I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only of the LORD; let those who are helpless take heart. Come let us tell of the LORD’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34: 1-3 [NLT]
Isn’t that what practicing His presence is? Praising Him at ALL times—the good, the bad and the ugly . . . boasting only in Him . . . taking time to exalt His name with others?
So . . . I’d like to hear from you. How is this going for you? Is it a struggle? Are you discovering new ways to include Him in your “dailies”? Use the REPLY box below to leave a comment and then join us on Thursday for Lesson #5.
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