By Dustin Loehrs, Worship Pastor
My son goes to our Wednesday night children’s activities and this year has memorized tons of scripture because of it. It has been amazing to see how much he has learned, and how it’s given opportunities to point him to God as my wife and I parent. Part of our nightly bedtime routine consists of going over a few verses and working on the new one that he is learning. Recently, after finishing reviewing his verses he asked me, “Daddy, what verses are you learning?”…I immediately felt the weight of conviction. I had been neglecting the discipline of memorizing scripture, and after hearing his question, it was like God was hitting me over the head with a spiritual 2×4. Recently I have refocused on the discipline of memorizing scripture, and it is amazing how much I was missing. It is so important, yet so easy to neglect. So, why memorize scripture?
Jesus did it.
In the new testament Christ was constantly quoting scripture. He referred to 24 different books in the old testament in over 150 different occasions. Many times when asked a question his response would be to quote a passage.
It helps us combat temptation.
When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, the constant defense given was scripture (Matt. 4). Psalm 119:9 tells us “How can a man keep his ways pure? By guarding it according to your word”.
It helps us better understand God and know His will.
As we grow closer to God he sanctifies us, causing us to reflect His character and be more like Him. II Cor. 3 tells us “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom… and we are all being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another”. How can we reflect what we do not know? Romans 12 tells us that by the renewing of our mind we will be able to test and approve the will of God, his good pleasing and perfect will.
It helps edify the body of Christ.
We are called to encourage other believers (Heb. 3:13, 1 Thess. 5:11). Prov. 27:17 tells us “As Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”. When we fellowship with other believers and share, admonish, or encourage on another, nothing is better to use than scripture. All scripture is useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and for training in righteousness (II Tim. 3:16).
We are called to do it.
Scripture itself says that we are to “let the word of Christ dwell in us richly” (Gal. 4:16). It must become an integral part of our lives, but we have to know what it is before we can take that step of obedience.
Brothers and Sisters let’s not neglect the treasure of scripture that we have received. Let us put into practice Joshua 1:8a which says:
This Book of the Law shall not depart from our mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.
There is no better way to hide the word of God in your heart that memorizing scripture (Ps. 119:11). Let’s make this investment together, I know we won’t regret it.