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…
- Scripture sanctifies us (John 17:17)
- Scripture renews our minds (Rom. 12:2)
- Scripture conforms us to Christ (John 15:7-8)
- Scripture is our weapon in battle (Eph. 6:12,17)
- Scripture keeps us pure (Ps. 119:9)
- Scripture helps us fight temptation (Ps. 119:11)
- Scripture guides us (Ps. 119:105)
- Scripture gives us life (Ps. 119:25, 93)
- Scripture comforts us in our grief (Ps. 119:28)
- Scripture comforts us in our suffering (Ps. 119:92)
- Scripture is more valuable than gold (Ps. 119:72)
- Scripture is sweeter than honey (Ps. 119:103)
- Scripture is our source of joy (Ps. 119:111)
- Scripture is our source of enlightenment (Ps 119:130)
- Scripture is our source of peace (Ps. 119:165)
- Scripture keeps us from drifting from Jesus (Heb 2:1)
- Scripture reveals Jesus (2 Peter 1:19)
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?
- Scripture memorization: why? (christopherlazo.com)
Posted on February 9, 2013, in reading, realitysb, Scripture, spiritual formation and tagged Bible, scripture, Scripture memorization, Scripture memory, spiritual disciplines. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.