Getting to Know You: What is your favorite verse?
The subject is pretty much self-explanatory. What is/are your favorite passage(s) of God's Word? Why do you love them so much? What is/are your favorite book(s) of the Bible and why? Once again, this is a pretty small post, so let's make up for it in comments! :)
17 responses to Getting to Know You: What is your favorite verse?
One of my favorite verse is Psalms 46:1.
"God is my refuge and my strength a very present help in trouble."
The Bible is just so awesome that I can never seem to pick a favorite verse! :)
Oh, and, River La Belle, thank you for the suggestion. I have been looking for something new to put in MemVerse, so I put in the first section of Psalm 119 (Aleph). As I get that memorized, I might start putting in more sections. It would be cool if someone memorized all 176 verses!!
My favorite verse is Psalm 4:8.
"I will both lay me down in peace and sleep, for thou Lord only makest me dwell in safety"
My favorite Bible verse is currently I Kings 20:28. Here's a post from my blog that explains why I love it so much.
â€œâ€¦Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.â€ -1 Kings 20:28
During the reign of King Ahab, the nation of Israel came under great attack from Ben-Hadad, the king of Syria. His goal was to rob them of anything valuable, whether it was silver, gold, or even their wives and children. He wanted it all, and was willing to do whatever was necessary to obtain it.
At first, Ahab seemed surprisingly submissive. Not at all known for his valor or good character, we have no record that he even prayed about what to do. He simply told them they could have it, and nearly gave up without a fight. Obviously no less outraged than we would be if our government told a foreign nation to come and take everything we own, the Israelites began to cry out for armed resistance. From their perspective, dying in battle was better than living in shame.
Apparently the pleas of the people were too much for Ahab to ignore, and so He gathered together an army of about 7,000 and went to war instead. With God on their side, they easily defeated their adversaries without the slightest trouble. Yet instead of realizing their fate, Ben-Hadadâ€™s servants came and told him,â€â€¦Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.â€ (v. 23)
Godâ€™s response in verse 28 (top of the page) was fulfilled, and Israel triumphed over their Assyrian enemies despite the valley they had to go through in order to win. On that day, God proved once and for all that He is not only the God of the mountains, but also God of the valleys.
Like Ben-Hadad, the devil wants to rob you. He wants to steal your joy, your peace, and your salvation â€“ no matter the cost. With this in mind, he gathers together his host of demons and goes to war against the Christian expecting easy victory.
Perhaps his first attempt is unsuccessful. The zeal in your heart is too much for him to conquer, and so he gives up after only a short time and waits until later to strike again. He tells himself that the only reason you won is because you were on a mountain. He reasons further that once you come down into the valley, where itâ€™s dark and lonely, you wonâ€™t stand a chance. On this note, he patiently waits for your descent when he will attack again, with even more ferocity than at the first.
The lesson God has for us in these Scriptures is twofold. (1) Valleys are inevitable, and (2) when we get there, weâ€™re going to have to fight some serious battles. But let us remember that the same God who gave His people victory in the midst of unfavorable odds and bleak circumstances, is the very same God Who will be with us through our valleys just as He has been with us on the mountaintops. His grace reaches to the highest mountain, and it flows to the lowest valley. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
John 3:16 is awesome, but Paul says it with fewer words when he quotes Joel 2:32 in Romans 10:13 which says, "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."
My favorite book is Romans and my favorite chapter is Romans 8.
Sorry Talia! I just saw your post for the first time! I must have missed it in the Recent Comments. . .
Good choice for something new to add! I would also suggest, of course, memorizing an epistle or one of the minor prophets, as a whole book. . . As to memorizing all of Psalm 119, a user here, named Joseph McCutchen (currently 7th place on the leaderboard), actually just memorized it!!! And in the King James Version tooâ€“â€“a very, very impressive feat!!! I'm over an eighth done. . . I think there may be one or two others who are attempting it as well. . . Keep going strong, Talia and all you other MemVersians!!!
Thank you, Dakota, for posting that. Very good insight. . . well, you are older than me, so I can't expect anything else, can I? :P :D
Thank you, Dakota, for the excellent comment. I really appreciated that. I also agree with River La Belle that Philippians 4:6-8 was very applicable during the Bible Bee. I honestly wasn't nervous during the semi-finals and finals, and I attribute that to the "peace that transcends all understanding."
My favorite passage is Philippians 3:7-11 (NIV - 1984 edition):
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christâ€”the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
I like this passage because it covers the most important thing in the Bible: the gospel. Paul tells us that we only have a right standing before God on the basis of Christ's righteousness, which we receive by faith. And then, Paul also tells us how he counts everything as loss because he knows Jesus, and he tells us that he longs to know him more.
I cannot believe how gracious God was, to give us Philippians. It is such an outstanding book of the Bible. . . Of course, the whole thing is outstandingly given to us by his grace, but Philippians is just so brilliant. . .
Philippians 4:13 --
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
My favourite verse right now is Ezra 1:1-2
Now it came to pass in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: "All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah."
Kind of a strange verse to have as a favourite? Well, this is what memorization has done for me: I am actually taking time to LISTEN to each verse, and consider the implications of what each verse is saying. When you memorize, even the little words are important, so we have to actully pay attention to the little words, and suddenly you realize that it's the little words that can completely change the meaning of an entire passage!
Ok, back to Ezra, so, in memorizing this, as I meditated on it to "hide it in my heart", it came to me:
1. GOD did the stirring of a GREAT KING's heart, and thereby CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY!!
2. God did it to FULFILL HIS WORD!!!
3. God did it right away IN THE FIRST YEAR!!!
4. This ungodly king, actually gave credit to the "LORD God of heaven"
5. THIS UNGODLY KING ACTUALLY *OBEYED*!!!!!!
6. This ungodly king "also put it in writing". The significance of that? It was found in the archives many years later when the adversaries of the Jews were trying to put a stop to the rebuilding of the temple. Ezra 6:1
And what is the significance of these things??? If God has that much control over the events on the earth, who am I to worry about what will happen to me tomorrow. If He has such power over a man who was not even serving Him as a child of God, He will certainly have no problem directing me! My life is in His hands, my future is in His hands, I only have to obey, be quiet, listen, read and hide His word, and: Trust in the LORD with all [my] heart, And lean not on [my] own understanding. In all [my] ways acknowledge Him And He shall direct [my] paths. Prov 3:5-6 (And in checking my accuracy, I noticed vs 7: Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. -- humility must accompany it all. God help me!)
Dakota Lynch, how old are you? I took a picture just like the one you have by your status!
I go by: Christina.
My name on memverse is: Charis.
Thanks for letting me see your picture!
River La Belle, Are you a girl?
No, Christina, I am a guy. :)
1 Chronicles 16:9 ...for the eyes of the Lord run to & fro throughout the whole earth - so that He might show himself strong on the behalf of him whose heart is perfect (complete) toward him...
I like (just for fun) Romans 3:23 can any one guss why???
My favorite favorite verses are Philippians 4:6-7 ~~ "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Isn't that sooo comforting? I couldn't help but think of those verses during the Bible Bee Final Challenge Rounds. It was so applicable to the contestants who were praying constantly until their turn came!
"Do not be anxious about ANYTHING. . . And the PEACE of GOD, will GUARD your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
We are to trust God in all things. . . . As the well-known hymn puts it, "Take it to the Lord in prayer."
My second favorite passage is Psalm 119. The best candidate if MemVerse had to choose a motto. . . I'm memorizing it right now, and it is far unsurpassed as far as the verses that encourage me in my memorizing. I encourage all of you "MemVersians" to memorize at least one 8-verse section of this magnificently sublime psalm!!! You will never regret it, as I'm sure you know from all your other memorizing, and it will spur you on to greater heights in your memorization! :)