It is clear. God wants us to know His Word. He wants us to have it in our hearts, and on our minds.
Or are we misreading this one…?
Do not let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. ~Joshua 1.8
Or this one…?
Let the Word of God dwell in us richly. ~Colossians 3.16
- These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframe of your houses and on your gate.~Deuteronomy 6.6-9
- Encourage one another with the Word. ~1 Thessalonians 4.18
It seems obvious that in order to keep the Word close to our heart and mind and mouth as God directs, we will need to learn it. That is, we need to memorize – <a loud shriek escapes from your mouth> – a word that strikes fear in many a Christian heart.
But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming when we put it in the right perspective. When we memorize Scripture, we are filling ourselves up – our minds, our hearts – with pure gold, with God stuff. What could possibly be the downside of that?
Here’s what some members of the Renewing Team have said about memorizing (through personal experience)…
- When I put my mind to it, I learned some of my favorite verses quicker than I thought I would. I love that I can quote them to myself and to my kids without opening the Bible.
- Somehow, and I don’t know why or how, when I can say a verse to myself it feels like I am even closer to God than when I read it off the page of my Bible.
- The other morning I woke up with this verse on my mind, one I had been working on for awhile…”The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than a two-edged sword, able to penetrate even to soul and spirit…” Oh my! How could I not do my morning Bible reading after that kind of Spirit encouragement? [Hebrews 4.12]
- I shared this verse with a friend who was deeply upset about something – “I took my anguish to the Lord and he answered me by setting me free.” I was able to comfort someone else by memorizing that verse without using my concordance! [Psalm 118.5]
We know that some of us need help in this area. Some of us have tried and failed – sometimes miserably and all too often – at this.
So we wanted to share a free app that some of us on the Team are trying out. It is really getting us excited about memorization. (First time I’ve ever typed ‘excited’ and ‘memorization’ in the same sentence!)
When I use my phone to help memorize verses, I took a tool of distraction and made it a tool for God’s Word. I redeemed the phone! ~A member of the Renewing Team
Give it a try! What do you have to lose!?
If not this Tool, then try another. Try 3×5 cards. Try an audio recording of the Bible. Try whatever…it doesn’t matter the method or the tool.
It only matters that the Word is getting into you!
Let us know your experiences with memorizing; and, if you try this app, let us know what you think through our contact page!
And one final motivation from our God…
I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
NOTE: The app referenced in this article is not an affiliate link; Renewing gets nothing out of this suggestion other than the joy of sharing something that is helping to draw us closer to God!