The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“I stretch out my hands to You; My soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah” (Psalm 143:6).
This is the TWELFTH and final Memory Verse in our series looking at our reality as the Bride of Christ to better understand the context for our lives and the events that happen around us. In this Memory Verse we're looking at how the Bride's longing for her husband is purifying to her. The Church must be longing, desiring, and fixing its daily hope on Jesus' return. He is coming back for us!
May our hearts not desire to forestall the return of our Lord. May we not grow comfortable in His delay. May our hearts ache for Him, for this desire from the heart is purifying for us as our hearts and minds fixed on Him keep us from wandering into all the world's distractions and temptations. Even so, Amen.
Other verses to consider:
“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:2-3).
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:1-3).
“How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God” (Psalm 84:1-2).
“My soul is crushed with longing after Your ordinances at all times” (Psalm 119:20).
“My eyes fail with longing for Your word, While I say, ‘When will You comfort me?’” (Psalm 119:82).
“I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Your commandments” (Psalm 119:131).
“I long for Your salvation, O Lord, And Your law is my delight” (Psalm 119:174).
“The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level. Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Lord, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls. At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness” (Isaiah 26:1b-9).
“Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him” (Isaiah 30-18).
“And Jesus said to them, ‘The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast’” (Matthew 9:15).
“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God” (Romans 8:19).
“For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven” (2 Corinthians 5:2).
“Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26).
“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12 KJV).
“I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me” (Song of Solomon 7:10).
“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24).
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8).
“Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks” (Luke 12:36).