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A Blessed Memory

In my senior year of high school, my English teacher gave the assignment to memorize Psalm 23 from the Bible. I didn’t think I was very good at memorization, but I did learn the Psalm and passed the test. At seventeen years old, I didn’t give it any more thought. It was just another school assignment.

Six years later, I accepted Christ as my Savior and soon realized I could still recite Psalm 23. This was amazing to me and still is. Throughout the following years, there have been many times when various parts of the Psalm have been an encouragement and comfort to me. I’ve had to work to keep the Psalm in memory, but what a joy to know this Psalm and what God is telling each Christian. There is provision, comfort, protection, guidance, and assurance of eternity with God in those six short verses.

I have learned many other scriptures over the years, but Psalm 23 is my favorite. I’m glad my English teacher had us learn it. She probably knew how valuable it is to believers and hoped it would benefit each of her students in their future.

“The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.” Proverbs 10:7 (NKJV)

Helen Hoover


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