God’s Word, the Bible. This is a truly spectacular book. Recently, I saw a video of some people receiving Bibles in another country. It literally brought me to tears. These young people were overjoyed, overcome, extremely emotional and some were even crying.
In my home, we have over 20 Bibles. I know this is the case in many homes in America; yet, when we ask Christians if they have read their Bible from cover to cover so many say no. Some people have never even picked theirs up and read it at all. It is so helpful to start at the beginning of the story and read it to the end. It is sort of like watching a movie from the beginning to the end. Can you imagine if I sat you down to watch that same movie only all cut and spliced together not in order?
Deuteronomy 11:18 – Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Jeremiah 15:16 – Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
There are many verses in scripture which instruct us to read this life changing book. It also says to “lay up these words in your heart”. Memorization is very important, yet few obey this command. We have so many reasons why we don’t. “I am too old”, “I am too busy” or “I can’t memorize” are a few reasons that are given.
Make a reasonable goal; say 2 verses for the year. Over the years you will create quite a memory bank. Put the verse on sticky notes and place them all over the house and in your car. Say the verse out loud. After a week of reading the verse, recopy the verse and leave a few words out and replace it with a line. Over the month, you can get to where there are fewer and fewer words and more and more lines. I can only imagine how successful you will be and hopefully this will encourage you to do even more than 2 a year!
I think the most important reasons to memorize scripture are well put in these verses.
Psalm 40:8 – “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.”
Psalm 37:31 – “The law of his God [is] in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”
Psalm 119:9-16 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. 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. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.”