Memorizing God’s Word
As part of “Sharing the Story” this year, we’re all going to try to memorize one scripture a month. (No worries, no exams. Whew!) So why are we doing this?
Meditating on God’s word through memorizing will . . .
1) Transform our thinking and refresh our attitude. “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul . . . The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart” (Psalm 19:7-8). If we memorize Bible passages while seeking the Lord, we’ll grow into these truths (i.e., we’ll not only know Scripture, we’ll become like the Lord of Scripture).
2) Reorient our choices. “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you . . . I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways . . . I will not forget your word” (Psalm 119:11, 15-16).
3) Increase our awareness of God’s presence and leading. “The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes . . . The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip” (Psalm 19:7-8; 37:31). But be prepared. Once you store a verse in the “file cabinet” of your heart, the Holy Spirit may just “pull it out” at any given moment!
How do we do this?
Step 1: Read the verse in its context to understand what it’s about.
Step 2: Write the verse on a notecard (and in your Disciple’s Notebook!). Find a creative way to leverage your visual memory. Images and doodling are wonderful tools to help our brains remember.
Step 3: Say the verse out loud, pray it out loud, sing it out loud, and weave it into conversations. Then repeat! Give the Lord ample opportunities to plant his word deep in your heart . . . and in the hearts of others.
Option: Follow #HopeChurchRichfield on Twitter and share what God is doing in you through these verses. You can even download an app (e.g., Bible Memory: Remember Me)!
Friends, meditating on God’s word is a wonderful work of grace in our lives. We won’t just be learning words; we’ll find out what it’s like to live each day with a beautiful (renewed) mind.
Gloria J. Wiese, Minister for Discipleship