In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
One of the goals my wife, Terri, and I set for 2017 is to memorize one new Bible verse each week. Having gotten a jump-start at the end of 2016, we are already busy learning our 3rd verse.
Why learn Scripture?
For starters, God’s Word tells us to commit His truth to our heart.
“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.” Deuteronomy 11:18 (ESV)
In the Bible, we see several examples demonstrate there is value in memorizing Scripture.
“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.” Joshua 1:8 (ESV)
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 (ESV)
“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.” Proverbs 4:20-21 (ESV)
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16 (ESV)
Committing God’s Word to memory has many benefits. For starters let’s look at 3 benefits of memorizing Scripture.
Undoubtedly, we all face temptations and trials, no matter if we are believers or not. As believers, we recognize that we are engaged in a spiritual battle. As believers, we do not have to enter the battle ill-equipped and unaware. God’s Word is our arsenal, equipping us to fight temptation and endure through times of trial. Memorizing Bible verses is akin to putting arrows in our quiver, ready to arm our spiritual bow when the Enemy attacks us. We have Scripture at our disposal, to utilize and rely on during times of trouble.
Sowing God’s Word in our heart is also important because we need encouragement. Let’s face it. Life is tough. Living in this world can be draining. This world is not for the timid. We need a lift; a spiritual injection. For believers, the Bible provides a treasure trove of encouragement, helping rejuvenate us as we navigate through life in our temporary home.
Finally, as believers, we recognize the value of memorizing Bible verses as an act of worship. When we strive to commit God’s Word to memory, we focus our hearts and minds on the One who created us and who reconciled us to Himself, through Himself, and by Himself. Memorizing scripture is a beautiful way of spending time with God in worship.
These are 3 simple benefits of memorizing Scripture. What other benefits can you think of that are connected to committing God’s Word to heart?
Hopefully, you will decide to commit God’s Word to your heart as you navigate 2017. As you do, know that I will be praying for you to experience the richness that Scripture brings to our soul by allowing it dwell in our mind and in our heart.
May God’s light shine on you!
The Devotional Guy