Psalm 19:7-14 (NIV)

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple . 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. 11 By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.art the mouth speaks.

Psalm 119:97 (NRSV) Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long.

DEVOTION – Elaine Brown (Perthshire, Scotland)

When I was growing up, the highlight of our week was Friday when Mother bought six sweet buns from the bakery, one for each member of the family. It was the best of weekend treats! As I stepped into the shop with her I always read the Bible quotation that was framed outside the door – Romans 5:8: “God demonstrates his own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (NIV). Even though I was quite young, the words impressed me and I remembered them long after we moved away.

Some years later, I met a friend who was a “memory verse” enthusiast. As I rode on the back of her motor scooter, she would call out the first half of a verse and wait for me to complete it. Now I’ve memorize quite a number of verses, and I like to recall them as I fall asleep or when I wake in the morning. Sometimes they come to mind when I’m waiting in line or enjoying a walk. They are also a great help when I need the right words to complete a letter or card. More than once I’ve found myself saying, “Thank you, Lord, that I can use your words for the end of this of this note. They’re so much better than mine!”

And there are many more verses yet to discover and memorize. I’ll never come to the end of them all, nor can anyone ever take them away from me. The psalmist put it well: The words of God are “sweeter than the purest honey” (Ps. 19:10, TEV).

LINK2LIFE: To find help memorizing scripture, go to www.devotional.upperroom.org/blog

PRAYER: O Lord, make us hungry every day for your word, and help us to feed on it. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Bible Translators

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