Scripture Memory - A Missing Discipline

A Commitment To Scripture Memory

Think about all that you have memorized over the years. You can probably recall song lyrics, movie lines, passwords, credit card numbers, and much more. I often catch myself amused by the odd variety of things that have I’ve somehow memorized. Unfortunately, though, my efforts to memorize Scripture (which is most edifying and that which draws me closer to God) are sometimes less admirable.

However, the Bible is God’s Word.  God is perfect and thus the word of the Lord is also flawless. It is powerful and has the ability to change our lives. Thus, we should seize the opportunity to exercise this discipline! Not convinced yet? Consider these reasons why you might want to take some intentional steps towards memorizing Scripture. 

It accurately expresses our view of Scripture.
Although Scripture memory programs are helpful and important, it seems like they shouldn’t have to exist. It seems like this should be something that we are all doing without having to be told or instructed. But, as you know, that’s just not always the case.  Most people don’t have difficulty memorizing and retaining information, just look at all the examples that have been listed above. However, the reason that many people don’t study, learn, and hide the Word in their hearts is simply because they don’t value it as important. If you value Scripture as important, it might be time for your actions to show that.

"The reason that many people don’t study, learn, and hide the Word in their hearts is simply because they don’t value it as important. If you value Scripture as important, it might be time for your actions to show that."

"The reason that many people don’t study, learn, and hide the Word in their hearts is simply because they don’t value it as important. If you value Scripture as important, it might be time for your actions to show that."

It helps protect us from sin.
Psalm 119:10-11 states, “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”   As the word of God becomes more and more prevalent in my life, it will allow me to focus on the things of God and not the things of my flesh.  I strive to honor God with my life and to refrain from sin.  I believe this will help.

It sets us up to hear God in a more clear and effective way.
We can hear from God through the Bible.  Isaiah 55:11 says, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty.”  The Bible is one of the primary means of hearing the voice of God.  The Word provides a unique and effective means to hearing the Father.  The more an individual knows the Bible, the better they can sense His presence and His voice.  

It sets an example to those around us.
Research is showing that young adults and those in future generations are looking for Biblical depth.  As you memorize scripture, it will naturally flow into your conversation with others, your teaching environments, and everywhere else.  And in turn, those looking to learn may be more drawn to you and your ministry.

It keeps our ministry effective and relevant.
God’s Word is never changing and yet constantly relevant.  The Bible provides many examples of how God spoke to men and women throughout Biblical history; yet it also provides us the ability to apply these truths to our lives today.  Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Despite how culture changes, the Word will always be our most effective ministry tool.

It puts us in a greater position to be obedient to God.
Christ followers must commit their lives not only to studying the Word of God, but also putting it into application.  James 1:22-24 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”  Quite simply, the better I know Scripture the more naturally I will apply it in my everyday living.

This list certainly isn’t comprehensive or complete.  But, the point is that memorizing Scripture is greatly beneficial to you and your faith in Christ. Let’s take on this discipline together and see what God does with our efforts. May this be just another piece of how we seek His Kingdom to come!