We are continuing a series of posts about the importance of memorizing Bible verses. Our previous posts were about memorizing verses to help us in the battle against sin and discouragement. This post dives into an entirely new topic.
We have a wonderful privilege as Christians, we get to praise God! Praising God isn’t something that will end once we die, we will be praising God in eternity as well. He is certainly worth our praise and much more! But what does this have to do with memorizing Bible verses? We can memorize Bible verses to help us praise the Lord. How? There are a few verses I think on from time to time that fill my heart with praise to the Lord. I am going to share a few of them with you now.
- “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalm 19:1. There is much more to this Psalm than just this first verse, but it is what starts my mind on the amazing power of God. This verse comes to my mind whenever I see anything in creation that I see as beautiful. Sunsets are one of my favorites. The autumn leaves are something else I love to see! A snow covered landscape (being born and raised in Georgia, this is not something we have ever seen a lot of), majestic mountains, deep green valleys, creeks and rivers, a clear starry night, etc. When I see and take in any of these things or things like them, my mind almost immediately goes to this verse. All of creation declares the glory of God, and thinking on this verse brings us to praising God for what He has done.
- “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:17. We go from a general verse that touches my heart to praise God to now a very personal verse that touches my heart to praise Him. This verse is all about reconciliation. It can be confusing at first reading due to all of the pronouns, but once I understood what God was telling us in this verse, it filled my heart with praise for God! It still does today! The verse is saying that God the Father made Jesus to be sin for us (all mankind). God made Jesus to be sin even though before this point Jesus knew no sin, meaning Jesus had never sinned. Why? Why would God make Jesus be sin? The answer is for us! That we might be made the righteousness of God in Jesus! So in other words, when God the Father sees us, He does not see sinner, God sees “the righteousness of God” in Jesus! How can this not make you want to praise the Lord!?!?
- “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17. This verse is in context to the rapture, when Jesus comes back for His own. The dead in Christ shall rise first and then we which are alive shall be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds to meet Jesus in the air. This is a great promise, but the end of the verse is what I would like to draw your attention to. “and so shall we ever be with the Lord”. That means “FOREVER”. We are talking about the future, about eternity. We will be with God forever! What does this do in your heart? It ought to bring us to praise Jesus!
There are many more verses that can be cited, but I think this is all very clear on how memorizing specific Bible verses will propel us to worship and praise God. Creation, salvation, and eternity with God are just a few examples. Use God’s Word to fill your heart with Praise for the God who made you and loves you!