Some people are good at just sitting there thinking about it. And more power to you. Seriously. But my mind has a tendency to wander and oft times just not come back. So I found a new way to not only stay focused on the scriptures while I'm reading, but remember it all when I see it again.
And it's something you already know how to do. Highlight.
Let's start with Old School.
Using a highlighter pen is the way most of us learned to emphasize texts we wanted to remember. When I didn't have a highlighting pen on me, I just used my ink pen. While these two methods did serve to draw my attention back to verses that, at that moment, spoke strongly to me, they had two drawbacks.
The first drawback was, when I ran across my highlighted scripture say, six months or even years later, I could never remember what I was so excited about. I had gotten a revelation, and now it was gone.
The second drawback was, while the scripture was noted, it wasn't necessarily meditated on. Which is why it was gone.
So here's a new way to highlight your scriptures that will help set them in your minds a little more firmly.
Not only is that fine, that's the point. In the time it takes for you to highlight the verse, or multiple verses, you won't have anything on your mind but that verse. You'll be looking at it, thinking about it, admiring it's revelation... You'll be rolling it around in your head, and that's what meditation is.
Since colored pencils don't create an opaque color, meaning you can see right through it, you'll find you no longer feel compelled to create neat rectangles around the verse. It's not going to matter that it overlaps other verses a bit.
You don't actually need to create a solid block of color, if you don't want to.
Here I was enthused about the whole Psalm. And I'm fond of drawing curvy lines.
I did want to give emphasis to certain areas, though. I put what looked like flames of fire over verses 7 and 8, and highlighted the word "glory" in verse 9 with a yellow glow.
Verse 3 mentioned waters, so there's a lot of blue there. Verse 9 mentioned forests, so I added green swirls instead.
Remember, color can do as much to remind you of what you are learning as figurative drawings. Sometimes just colors, and maybe just symbols, are enough.
If you're into more orderly, geometric shapes, go for it. There are no Bible study police peering over your shoulder. I checked. Nothing in Deuteronomy against it, either.
What's going on here are two separate studies.
The green and yellow botanical looking highlights were meant to highlight verses 19-21, verse 23 and verse 29.
But when I was studying something else, later, I wanted to emphasize them, also, but not have them get mixed up with my first study.
This is why you want bunches of colors. I chose a different color scheme and went for swirled shapes instead of plant-like ones.
Now when I re-read that passage, I skip right over the other study.
The first study, I see, had to do with God re-establishing teachers in Israel.
The second study was more strongly apocalyptic when I read it. These could still be read as one long passage, but it doesn't have to be.
It's hard to make colored pencils look bad. And your main purpose is to slow down and give yourself time to absorb God's Word so it can settle into your heart.