I don’t know you about you, but I struggle to memorize Scripture regularly. I have the desire to, but I find it difficult to make the commitment. I guess if I’m honest, I struggle because it’s not easy.
It’s simple and good, but it’s not easy.
As believers, I think we all know the importance of memorizing the Bible. We know that we need to, I bet most of us even want to, but for some reason we lack the discipline to actually do it.
I remember the first verse I ever memorized. Psalm 46:1 – in the car with my friend and her Dad on the way to elementary school.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Even though I was probably eight or nine years old when I first memorized it, the verse has always stuck with me. In fact, I believe it was my first experience learning to understand the meaning of certain Scriptures. It was an important part of my journey to salvation.
Although I started the practice at an early age, it wasn’t until recently that Scripture memorization became a normal part of my faith practice. It took a lot of prompting from the Holy Spirit and some solid understanding of why it was important for me.
Here are a few reasons that finally propelled me to action.
- God tells us to. It’s really pretty simple. God knows that it’s good and important for us, so He tells us in His Word to memorize. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, humans and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
I really don’t believe the word of Christ can dwell in you without the effort of memorizing.
- Memorization reminds us who we are and whose we are. I don’t know about you, but it’s really easy for me to fall victim to the lies the enemy tells me about who I am in Christ. Having Scripture etched in my heart and mind can easily remind me that the lies are lies and that I know what is really truth.
As 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” Memorized verses make it possible for us to take captive negative thoughts.
- It allows us to break negative thought patterns. The longer we continue to believe lies, the harder it is to replace them with truth. Knowing Scripture makes that possible. Romans 12:2 confirms this, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Instead of believing lies, you’re filling your mind with what you need – you’re renewing your mind.
- You can offer comfort to friends and family. We’ve all been there, someone we love is struggling and we desperately want to offer comfort and hope, but we can’t seem to think of the right thing to say. When we truly know the words of God, that becomes more natural for us. Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” What a gift to be able to offer.
- It can help you keep the right and best perspective. If you’re like me, it can be so easy to have a faulty perspective. One that becomes all about me and my own comfort. What I have found helpful is to not just memorize the verses that help in a crisis or bring hope to a difficult situation.
Instead, it’s been so helpful to remember Scripture that reminds me of who God is. Psalm 103:1 (really the whole chapter) has been perfect for this, “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” Instead of focusing on myself, I begin focusing on who God is and His place in my life.
I am so far from perfect in this area, but I am slowly making it a habit. It’s added so much benefit to my life, and I hope it does so for you too.