A recitation speaks volumes to an audience, helping their understanding of Scripture and moving the listener towards relationship. At the same time, the recitation has a profound impact on the reciters themselves. Find here insights and encouragement from those who have gone before you in reciting Scripture.
"Scripture recitation is so much more than Scripture reading. Instead of concentrating on the book I was able to concentrate on God and his people."
Another confidence-booster for me was ‘over-memorizing‘ the passage. Being very prepared takes a lot of the nervousness out of public speaking.“
“The most lasting three minutes I ever prepared for. Recite on stage once and the Word dwells in you for life”
"Reciting Scripture is like breathing the Bible. Your lungs fill up with the truth and you share completely from your heart."
"It was reciting, in that it was word-for-word, but as I got to know it, I became more the person speaking as he would ordinarily speak, and not just repeating words by rote."
"Recitation is about God being at work in the reciter, changing me and preparing me to be a vessel to carry His word out to others."
“Practicing the memorization discipline is a barometer of my spiritual health. Reviewing a passage over and over reveals meaning one might not have discovered.”
"I put myself in the speaker's voice and feel the force of the words, from the exhortation of Moses in Deuteronomy 30 to the vitriol of the crowds in Luke 23 to the boldness of Stephen in Acts 7."
Committing my baptismal passage (Titus 3:3-7) to memory has been a beautiful experience. It’s like a gift that keeps on giving because it’s always there in my mind as a reminder of how God brought me out of the darkness into the light.
My favorite thing about reciting is that, by the way I emphasize certain words in a passage, I voice more than words, I convey meaning