Considering God's Word

Scripture Memorization

    In 2010 I began a Microsoft Word file for use with the (over 1,700) memory verses I am continually reviewing.  This file currently is made up of 73 pages and over 41,000 words.  I say this only to share with you that I am serious about scripture memorization.  I will be using this page to share a variety of things with you concerning this subject.

    Having a lot of verses memorized is nothing to boast about.  That should not be the goal in and of itself, but applying the verses in such a way as to be a blessing to God and others.  I came across the following newspaper article, and pasted it into the Bible in which I do my regular review of verses.  This goes to show that it takes more than just memorizing scripture to conform a character into godliness.

With the above in mind, I think of the following memory verses:

"He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory."  Jn 7:18

"..that they may have glory of men.  Very, I say unto you, They have their reward."  Mt 6:2,5.16

"And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked Davide to number Israel."  1Ch 21:1

   On a positive note now, Ps 119:11 says "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."  Dt 6:6 "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:" Not just in your memory, but held in the highest value of your inner most being.  Col 3:16 "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly..."     Jn 14:22,23 "Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."   Through memorizing scripture, the goal is not just to fill your memory with information, but to allow God to manifest Himself to you, showing you He is alive, present, and communicating to you personally in the here and now.   I tell people that "I memorize scripture to build God's vocabulary up in my mind, giving Him access to utilize His own Words in my memory banks.   Memorizing the Word of God should not be negatively looked upon as a duty, a chore, or something hard to do, but as a joy, an adventure, a storing up of treasure in your heart.  "I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil (treasure)." Ps 119:162

So why should one memorize verses, passages, sometimes entire chapters or even books of the Bible?   First, God tells us to do so.  With His Word memorized, God can better speak to us.  To keep His Word memorized, it needs to be review regularly, and this allows God to keep His Word fresh in your mind.  As you review His Word, you immediately hear God's Word in your mind.  With God's Word hidden in your memory, He can bring it back to your mind immediately when you need it.  Memorizing God's Word is one of the ways in which to become spiritually prosperous and spiritually rich.