Psalm 103 Memory Challenge: Bless the Lord!

In our last week of the Psalm 103 Memory Challenge, it has been a delight meditating on the mercies of God, with you, week after week. I hope you've been as blessed as I have been as we've worked to hide this incredible psalm in our hearts this summer.

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Next week I'll show you an easy and effective way to review Psalm 103, so months and even years from now, this Psalm that you worked so hard to memorize will stay as fresh in you mind as it is now. This review plan will move this Psalm from your short-term memory to your long-term memory. This is how I personally review my verses and I still have 100% recall on those passages which I've memorized and reviewed in this manner. So stay tuned...

Now as we close out this Psalm, let's look at our last two memory verses of Psalm 103.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. 
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul! (Psalm 103:21-22)
While we may naturally assume "hosts" (Psalm 103:21) is implying angels, A. R. Fausset interestingly observes, "Bless ye the LORD, all ye His hosts... that do His pleasure. The sun, moon, stars, and planets do "His pleasure" (Ps 19:1) unconsciously; the "angels" consciously and with instinctive love, "hearken unto the voice of His Word" (Ps 103:20). Both together constitute the Lord's hosts."

Referring to angels, Matthew Henry explains,
"They do His pleasure (v. 21); they dispute not any divine commands, but readily address themselves to the execution of them. Nor do they delay, but fly swiftly: They do His commandments at hearing, or as soon as they hear the voice of His Word;

What their service is. They are His angels, and ministers of His—His, for He made them, and made them for Himself—His, for He employs them, though He does not need them—His, for He is their owner and Lord; they belong to Him and He has them at His beck. All the creatures are His servants, but not as the angels that attend the presence of His glory.

The angels occasionally serve God in this lower world; they do his commandments, go on His errands (Dan. 9:21), fight His battles (2 Ki. 6:17), and minister for the good of His people, Heb. 1:14. They continually praise Him in the upper world; from which they rest not day nor night, Rev. 4:8. It is God’s glory that He has such attendants, but more his glory that He neither needs them nor is benefited by them."
 Turning his attention to us, Matthew Henry reminds, "Blessing God and giving him glory must be the alpha and the omega of all our services." Love it!

God bless you richly as you hide Psalm 103:21-22 in your heart this week. Next week, I'll show you how you can keep this Psalm fresh in your mind over the weeks, months, and years to come. The Lord bless you!

Just for this week…

Week
Dates
Verses to Memorize
Daily Memorization Plan
11
August 20-26
Psalm 103:21-22
1. Review last week’s verses first (Psalm 103:19-20) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Psalm 103:1-20) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Psalm 103:21 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Psalm 103:22 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 

Question for you: What good things as the Lord done in your life this summer as you've worked to hide Psalm 103 in you heart? I'd love to hear your stories and praise reports of how God has used these verses to bless and encourage you. 




Psalm 103 Memory Challenge Quick Links 
For 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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12 comments:

  1. Hi Brooke! Love what you've written here. And that quote by Matthew Henry is awesome... "Blessing God and giving him glory must be the alpha and the omega of all our services."

    I'm your newest follower (found you through On Your Heart Tuesdays.) Feel free to visit me as well. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Angel! I loved that quote by Matthew Henry, too! It was too good not to share. :) Thanks for following. I look forward to visiting your site. God bless you abundantly!

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  2. Psalm 103 is one of my favorites! I look forward to your tips on reviewing. I find verses I've memorized tend to fade as time goes by...

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    1. Mine, too, Lisa! I was praying about what passage of scripture to memorize this summer and Psalm 103 is what the Lord kept bringing back to my mind. I'm so glad this was the text for the summer memory challenge, because Psalm 103 is so rich! Memorizing it has been such a blessing!

      I can totally relate to what you said about memorized verses fading over time. I found that to be the case for me too, until I learned a simple, yet effective method of review. It has transformed my ability to keep the verses I've memorized fresh and solidified in my memory. Looking forward to sharing about it soon. God bless you richly!

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  3. Agreeing with Lisa. As the years pass, memorized verses seem to go into a place where I know the words and in general which book it's in. I rely heavily on Strong's concordance :)

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    1. Connie, I can totally relate to what you said. Before I learned an effective way of reviewing, I just practiced my verses here and there and noticed my memorized verses faded over time. After I learned a great way of keeping those verses fresh in my mind, regardless of how long ago I finished memorizing a passage, I finally saw that the verses I worked so hard to memorize don't have to fade over time. There really is a way to retain them--and it's easy. I love that! I love Strong's concordance, too! A great resource! God bless you much!

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  4. Wow, I just loved this -- and oh, that quote by Matthew Henry! Thank you for your mission for us to have His word planted deeply in our hearts! {Happy to be your neighbor at LifeInBloom today!}
    Gratefully,
    Jennifer

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer, for your sweet words of encouragement. I agree, Matthew Henry has some fabulous insights on God's Word. So thankful for the wisdom and insights God has given him to pass on to us. I love your passion for God's Word. It is evident. God bless you richly as you continue to seek to hide His Word in your heart.

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  5. Blessing God is one of the first things I learned in prayer...I love how this is laid out in this Psalm! :)

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    1. That's wonderful, Mindy! I know when I start my prayers by blessing God for who He is, and what He's done, by the time I get to the petition, I am feeling a lot better about the trial I'm praying about. Likewise, if I skip that and just bring my petition, I notice I feel really anxious because I didn't first mediate on and praise God for His goodness and mercies. That is what I've found to be true in my own life, so I try to be mindful of first blessing the Lord when I pray instead of soley spending my prayer time focused on a trial I'm facing. God bless you abundantly!

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  6. I'm looking forward to that review technique! I've lost most of anything I ever memorized because I have no clear review technique. Not that I've truly memorized much.

    Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday!

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    1. Hi, Mary Beth! I can relate to what you said about losing most of what you memorized without a clear review technique. That was totally me, until I learned this simple, yet effective way of reviewing. Here's the link to the post highlighting that technique: http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-plan-for-keeping-psalm-103-hidden-in.html The nice thing about this technique is as you do it, and see the results, it will motivate you to memorize even more because you'll be assured that as you are faithful to review, you will not lose that which you've worked so long and hard to memorize. God bless you richly!

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