Wow, I feel all tingly. I just came out of the sound booth having recorded the first five chapters of Revelation. I cannot emphasize strongly enough how powerful reading Scripture out loud is. Now, I have no idea what all comes into play, but it’s potent. Maybe seeing the words, speaking what I’m reading, and hearing it all at the same time is some kind of trifecta.
I’ve told you before that I have always listened to Scripture while reading it. I’ve never been diagnosed with ADHD, but I suspect with all the white noise constantly buzzing in my head, I may lean that way. This is especially troublesome when reading my Bible – heck, reading anything – because my mind starts to wander to everything from the grocery shopping list to whether or not my kids ever give me grandchildren. Add to that my advancing age, I can barely get through a paragraph without dozing off. It make a tremendous difference to listen while I read, not only to stay on task but it also helps me to understand better what I’m reading.
Never in my wildest dreams though did I expect my understanding to increase the way it has by reading out loud. It’s almost like I’m there alongside the characters in the Bible. It’s pretty wild.
Read it Out Loud
I think this material is pretty wild too. Reading Revelation out loud makes my heart pound. Admittedly Handel’s Messiah was looping in my head as I read too. I highly recommend reading Scripture out loud. Get away by yourself, go sit on a log outside, or read to someone at a local nursing care facility. But I think you’ll be amazed how it levels up your understanding. Let me know if you try it at Lifting Her Voice, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.