We are driving home from our hunting trip in Chadron, Nebraska, and today is the second 10 hour day of driving. Today sitting in the back seat of the pickup I am spending most of my time working on my memory verses using the very cool App “Scripture Memory”, which used to be called “Scripture Typer”. I have a goal of memorizing 1000 verses well, and included in that is memorizing the book of Philippians well, which has about 120 verses. Scripture memory is a discipline that very few Christ followers practice, it is to hard. The basic rule is, “the harder it is to make happen in your life, the more profitable it is in your life if you practice it faithfully”. Let me suggest some significant blessings and rewards that come from memorizing God’s Word.
1. The primary purpose of memorizing the Word of God is so we can meditate on it all during the day and even while we sleep, and the result is that we live life in a way that results in success in every area of life.
Psalms 1:2-3 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither;And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your 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; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
Notice that in both of these verses God promises that we will prosper and be successful if we meditate on His Word day and night. That doesn’t mean we will be rich, but it does mean we will accomplish a lot that matters for eternity.
2. The promise of the Bible is that we will be increasingly more successful at Conquering sin habits in our life as we memorize God’s Word.
Psalms 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
Romans 12:2 be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
3. ￼The Bible is the living Word of God and memorizing it puts His thoughts into our mind, and we learn to think like God, and to have His wisdom. It amazes me as I spend at least 30 minutes every day memorizing scripture how much clearer my thinking becomes, and how my ability to communicate clearly improves. One of my goals is to increase in my wisdom and intelligence and to keep senility at bay all of my life. Our mind is like a muscle, the harder we work it the stronger it gets.