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Here’s What I Do Now
When I finish memorizing a passage I spend the next 100 days reciting the passage once through each day, as Dr. Andrew Davis highly recommends in his excellent teaching on memorizing Scripture. This plan is so simple, but oh so effective in keeping verses hidden in our heart.
Here’s What It’s Done for Me
Like I said, I wish I had known to review like this when I first started memorizing Scripture because merely reciting my memory verses once through every day has transformed my recall of memorized verses. The first passage I've memorized since learning this great way of reviewing was John 1:1-14 with Do Not Depart. The challenge ended May 27, 2012 and because I have been following Dr. Davis' review plan, reciting the verses once through each day, I can still say these verses verbatim as if I had just finished memorizing them yesterday. I am amazed at this! Before I began reviewing like this, by now John 1:1-14 would have become a vague memory.
Though some may think reciting a passage once through for the next 100 days is a bit extreme, the best part about it is because the memory work has already been done, each day I can recite the passage at some point during my day like while I get dressed, do my hair, cook, fold laundry, wait at a red light, etc. so reviewing doesn't take up any additional time from my busy day. As I said, I am beyond thrilled that John 1:1-14 is still so fresh in my mind. This method works great!
While Dr. Davis instructs to spend the next 100 days reciting the freshly-memorized passage once through, I really don’t keep track of how close I am to 100 days because I don’t want to keep score, get to 100 and then decrease my review of that Psalm to just once a month. I, personally, may forget bits and pieces of it if I do that, and I’ve put too much work into memorizing it to risk forgetting parts of it. For me, reviewing Psalm 103 once a day only takes me less than five minutes, so it is not burdensome to just recite it once through some time during my day. Because what I’ve found to be true with reviewing John 1:1-14 is that each day that I recite it, it gets etched into my brain and heart that much more. I gain deeper understanding of the verses, and am able to say them more naturally with the tone and emotion the author expresses throughout the verses.
For instance, as I learned the verses to Psalm 103, I would recite them without tone and emotion, because I was still learning the words, phrases, and the arrangement of the verses. I was just trying to say the verse right all the way through. But after reviewing Psalm 103 once through each day, I now recite the Psalm 103 with the joy and praise that radiates from David throughout this Psalm. I love it! I now have a new way to praise God!
Weeding the Garden
Each month, you’ll want to recite your passage while reading it in your Bible. Dr. Davis calls this “Weeding the Garden.” The point is to weed out any words or phrases that may have got added, left out, or rearranged over time. I like to keep my verses with me the first month I am reciting them once through each day just in case I forget something or mix something up. After that I just “weed the garden” once a month to nip any mistakes in the bud and ensure I am reciting the passage correctly.
Here’s an example: Lately I’ve noticed when I am reciting Psalm 103 when I get to verse 17, “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him…” I occasionally find myself saying “to those who fear Him…” rather than “on those who fear Him…” That’s why weeding the garden is important. Certainly God’s mercy is to those who fear Him, but how much more awesome it is knowing His mercy is actually on those who fear Him! It’s amazing how just one word makes a verse so much more special. This is why I need to weed my garden.
I hope this review plan and my story encourages you and equips you to keep Psalm 103 hidden in your heart for weeks, months, and years to come. If you have been blessed by this time memorizing Psalm 103 I’d love to hear the good things the Lord has done in your life during our journey in memorizing Psalm 103. God bless you richly!
Verses to Review
Daily Review Plan
August 27-Sept 2
Recite Psalm 103 once through every day for the next 100 days (Don’t panic! This is easy done during your downtime without adding any extra work to your already busy day) J I’ve done it and it is worth it! Just you see!
Consider also praying Psalm 103 back to God. It is a neat way to pray and review at the same time!
Question for you: What stood out to you the most as we memorized Psalm 103 this summer?
P.S. If you'd like a new Bible Memory Challenge, I highly recommend joining me for the 1 Peter 1 Memory Challenge that just started at Do Not Depart. Here's a FREE printable PDF of My Plan for Memorizing 1 Peter 1. Happy Memorizing!
Psalm 103 Memory Challenge Quick LinksFor tips and helps in memorizing your verses this week, check out the previous posts for the Psalm 103 Memory Challenge:
Introduction to Memorizing Psalm 103
Week 1: Psalm 103:1-2 Remembering God’s Faithfulness.
Week 2 (Part 1): Psalm 103:3 There's No god Like Our God!
Week 2 (Part 2) Psalm 103:4 Oh, How He Loves Us!
Week 3 (Part 1) Psalm 103:5 Strength For The Weary
Week 3 (Part 2) Psalm 103:6 God Will Give You Justice!
Week 4 (Part 1) Psalm 103:7 God Makes Himself Known!
Week 4 (Part 2) Psalm 103:8 Mercy in Abundance!
Week 5: Psalm 103:9-10 Better Than I Deserve!
Week 6: Psalm 103:11-12 How High and Wide is God's Mercy For Us!
Week 7: Psalm 103:13-14 God's Loving Compassion For Us!
Week 8: Psalm 103:15-16 Soon and Very Soon, We are Going to See the King!
Week 9: Psalm 103:17-18 God's Mercy is from Everlasting to Everlasting!
Week 10: Psalm 103:19-20 God Rules Over All!
Week 11: Psalm 103:21-22 Bless the Lord!
Week 12: My Plan for Keeping Psalm 103 Hidden In My Heart!
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