Memorizing Scripture. Lots of It.

More to be desired are [God’s words] than gold,

even much fine gold;

sweeter also than honey

and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover, by them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.

–Psalm 19.10–11

Most believers would agree that there is great value in committing Bible verses to memory. Few of us actually follow through and do it. How valuable do we really think the words of God are?

Twenty-somethings invest tiny portions of their paycheck into their Roth IRAs because they’re told (rightly) that the investment in that decade is more significant than any other ten-year period in their lives. Nevertheless, even though we know that regular, albeit tiny, investments in the Word will yield great benefits, we do not give ourselves to it, thus displaying how much value we actually place in the practice.

My good friend, Abe Stratton, has written helpfully on the topic. Abe replaced me as Pastor of Youth and Young Adult Discipleship when I moved to the executive pastoral role at Heritage. Even from the time he was my student in college (can I be that old?), I’ve always admired Abe’s sincere walk with the Lord, heart for other people, and love for the Scriptures.

He recently posted two articles for Emmanuel Bible Church on the topic of memorizing Scripture. Abe is well-qualified to write; he just finished memorizing the entire book of Romans last year. These posts are well worth your consideration. Here’s the outline:

  1. Observations on Memorization
    • A well-organized plan is not mandatory in order to memorize.
    • You can see connections in lengthy passages of Scripture when you are in them for long amounts of time.
    • Scripture comes naturally and unbidden to your mind in everyday life.
  2. Encouragements for Memorization
    • Memorize for the long haul.
    • Persevere through hard days.
    • Memorize strategically.
    • Find a quiet, undisturbed location.
    • Share your experiences with others.
    • Memorizing the Word is undervalued and under-practiced today.

You can read the posts on Emmanuel’s blog (part 1 | part 2).

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