In today’s world of Bible apps and smart phones, why memorize scripture?
Yesterday, I taught a Bible study at my home church and challenged the women attending to memorize Psalm 63:1-5. When O returned home after teaching my little grandson, Charlie (3 1/2) showed me the verses he was working on memorizing for his Bible class. All of this got me thinking, why bother memorizing? Many of us have the Bible downloaded on our phones which means we carry the entire Word of God in our pockets. So cool! Even though this is true, there is nothing equal to actually memorizing scripture. Why? Because when we memorize scripture God’s words sink down deep into the crevices of our thinking and we are able to change thought patterns.
I don’t know about you, but my thought patterns can be troublesome. Those troublesome thoughts may come in the form of fear or anxiety, envy or greed, selfishness or lustfulness but in that moment, I need a way to re-program what’s happening in my brain. the way I re-program is to begin rehearsing scripture that I have memorized. Right now I am re memorizing Psalm 63 because it reminds me that my true longing is for God Himself. It’s easy to get caught up in our temporary longings; I long for a new house, I long for more success, I long for a shopping spree etc. But when I get that craving to grab my credit card and hit the mall, I can stop and take my mind back to Psalm 63 – “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you….” in that moment, I realize, once again what I desire most deeply is God Himself! Or, when worry and fear attack my mind, I run to passages like Philippians 4:8 “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure , whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praise worthy – think about such things.”
So here’s a challenge for you today, pick a passage, it can be long or short and start committing it to memory! Rehearse it eery day for a week and it will be yours for life!! Leave a comment and let me know what you are memorizing – I will be giving away a worship CD…….but you have to leave a comment. Can’t wait to hear what you’re memorizing!~