Why do we memorize Scripture? Do we have to?
We can pull the Bible up from virtually any phone, computer, or tablet and have God’s word right at our fingertips, so why the fuss? There are lots of verses in the Bible that not only talk about the importance of memorizing God’s word but also command us to do so. Here are three reasons why actually memorizing Scripture is important:
To Keep Us Pliable
Deuteronomy 11:18 - “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”
Proverbs 7:2-3 - “Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes. Tie them on your fingers as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.”
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 good success.”
We could go on (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Psalm 1:1-3, Jeremiah 15:16…), but you have probably noticed that all of these deal with the heart. Christ has fulfilled the requirements of the law on our behalf by paying the punishment for our sins to give us the gift of an eternal life with God. We memorize Scripture not out of obligation or duty, but to help keep our hearts soft and receptive to God’s will.
To be Protected
Psalm 119:11 - “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you”
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Having Scripture memorized, God’s word “written” on your heart, is a safeguard—it helps us to not sin and to discern what is good.
To be Prepared
1 Peter 3:15 - “…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…”
We want to be always ready to share our joy with others—whether you have your phone in your pocket or accidentally left it in your car. The good news of the Gospel gives us life—life that we want to share with others. What truth could be more important to have available at a moment’s notice?
Join us as we follow the Lord through memorizing His word!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.