Scripture Memorization: why?

In the last blog post, I put forward the ancient practice of memorizing God’s Word. Many of us, if we’re Christians, might find this easy enough to ascend to if only because God tells us to do so. But, perhaps in the back of your head you are still wondering, “why devote so much time and energy to memorizing Scripture when I can just look it up on my smartphone?” It certainly does seems like the Christian climate is saturated with an eclectic array of spiritual disciplines. I can’t count how many times I’ve inundated myself with trying to keep up with all the latest spiritual fads promising freedom from sin, eternal joy, and sanctified living. I don’t think the fads will ever taper-off. As long as there is a consumeristic demand for easy spirituality there will be a supply of products to meet the insatiable thirst for Christian nominalism. If you’re tired of the noise…I would like you to consider going back to the timeless practice of memorizing and meditating on Scripture. But this brings up another objection…

Why devote yourself to memorizing the Bible (which is old) when there is so many other contemporary techniques (which are new) to choose from?

What is the value of memorizing Scripture? We need only look to the Bible itself to find it wrought with testimony of the effect it has on the believer’s soul. Allow me to share a few…

What does Scripture do for us…

As good as these disciplines can be, Christian bestsellers, worship music, devotionals, being in nature, and sermons (among others) just cannot match the supernatural weight allotted to the Word of God by the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian, not the least of which is the divine guarantee that if you give yourself wholly to memorizing the Scripture and letting the word of Christ dwell within you richly, you will be transformed.

What would you add to this list about Scripture?

About Lazo

Lazo is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality SB. He is committed to spreading the value of our union with Christ in Santa Barbara, through the expository preaching of God's Word. You might like these blog posts, 5 Wrong Ways To Comfort Hurting People, or Daisy Love and the Magic Eraser. You can follow Chris on twitter at @LazoChris.

Posted on February 9, 2013, in reading, realitysb, Scripture, spiritual formation and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Scripture is The Word of God. The WORD became flesh in the Person of Jesus. When we know scripture we know Jesus. We know the living Jesus when we allow the Spirit to give life to what we memorize. Without the Spirit- anyone can memorize black words on white pages, it is He that breathes life into them to show us Jesus in truth.

  2. “YES”!!!!

  3. I’ve always loved these four verses which all contain the word “able.” The word of God is able!

    2 Tim 3:15- able to make you wise unto salvation
    Heb 4:12- able to discern your thoughts and intentions
    Acts 20:32- able to build you up and give you an inheritance
    James 1:21- able to save your soul

    • Ah! The speech-acts of God. So good. One of my favorite passages on the Word of God has a similar theme from 1 Thessalonians 2:13…

      This is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the message about God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the message of God, which also works effectively in you believers.

      Thanks for sharing those!

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