Short Article on Scripture Memorization

I like what this article says. It offers some things I didn’t cover.

Scripture Memorization at Bible Study Tools
Be careful of popups >:-/

It mentions a woman who used her memorized Scripture to make it through prison camp. In the back of my mind I think I think about how valuable this would be if I was blind or imprisoned. Maybe that’s paranoid.

There is a quote in the article:

What if I offered you one thousand dollars for every verse you could memorize in the next seven days? Do you think your attitude toward Scripture memory and your ability to memorize would improve? Any financial reward would be minimal when compared to the accumulating value of the treasure of God’s Word deposited within your mind.

If God’s instruction is worth more than any amount of money and sweeter than any food (Psalm 19:10), I would think more people would really want to have this “written on the tablet of their heart” (Proverbs 7:2-3). This isn’t to guilt people into memorizing Scripture. It’s just to say that this is the attitude that God is transforming us into having by renewing our mind (Romans 12:2) if we want it. So the result would be to want to memorize it (Proverbs 2:1-6). We may not have it right away and some may always struggle. We need to pray for God’s grace (2 Corinthians 12:9) to change us into wanting these things so bad they’re worth more than anything this world could offer and then as ‘side effect’ wanting to memorize them too.

Getting people to do things out of guilt is exactly the wrong way to go about it. It’s taking God out of the picture, other than wanting to please Him out of guilt, and doing it on our own out of fear. I believe it’s the same thing with being ‘accountable’ to someone. We should be accountable to God first! Use a partner for encouragement and prayer, not guilt. Maybe that’s for another post.

I would also say if one or two verses a week sounds daunting they do two verses a month. 20-25 verses (hopefully some within passages) a year is better than nothing and over a few years you’ll have something substantial and it will hopefully get easier.

Scripture Memorization at Bible Study Tools

2 Responses to “Short Article on Scripture Memorization”

  1. 1 Geoff

    I talked about this in a sermon last night. Now I just have to actually do it.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    That’s great.

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