This year we're memorizing one promise from scripture a week. If you want to follow along with our verse cards you can find them HERE. We're also placing importance upon context and studying each verse as we go. We want to honor the original language, meaning, etc as we read so that we can accurately learn and avoid placing our own opinions upon God's words. I'm so happy you're here!
THIS IS MY COMFORT IN MY AFFLICTION, THAT YOUR PROMISE GIVES ME LIFE.
· psalm 119: 50 ·
Well girls, we're here. Week number one of memorizing one promise straight from God's heart to ours, storing it down deep, and calling upon it during times of need. And where better to start than a promise regarding the value of promises in the first place!
Psalm 119 is full of statements proclaiming the profit of God's words (it's a great place to start if you need encouragement reading your Bible), and in verse 50 the author states our first promise. Most attribute this Psalm to David-- who had a life full of suffering-- but no matter who wrote it, we all know this earthly life is full of brokenness, hardship, & death. However, tucked into this Psalm we're told that even in the midst of the hard, God's promises bring life. Other translations may say they bring "revival" or "preservation," all meaning that even when suffering comes-- even when spouses fail, health lacks, babies pass, terrorists attack-- we can still stand because of the life God's truths bring. They are a declaration of who is in charge, a guarantee of what He has planned, a pillar of hope to set our eyes on until we reach eternity.
But to stand in the promises, we have to know the promises. Charles Spurgeon, an 18th century British preacher, says it best: "What is the use of having an anchor at home when your ship is in a storm at sea? What avails a promise which you cannot remember so as to plead in prayer?" And so we're doing more than just reading these promises; we're going to know them so well that we can comfort weary friends, reassure our own hearts of hope, speak them back to the Lord as we pray throughout our day. We are going to memorize them so that when our worlds are swirling around us, we may tether our joy and purpose to an unmoving rock and trust that no matter the worldly outcome, we will have life in God himself.
A promise is defined as "a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen" and there is no one sweeter we can accept a promise from than The God Who Cannot Lie. We can let our minds dwell on his words because they are absolute truth. We can share them with others because there are no words more encouraging than ones filled with guaranteed hope. We can rest in the promises in the Bible because they are God's very words, written for us to learn and grow from.
And it is my joy and honor to learn and grow with you, Sisters. Let's do this thing together. Here's how I'm memorizing them for the long haul if you need an idea!