I turned 46 this year. Most likely I am on life’s downhill slope. I don’t expect I will live into my 90’s, most people don’t live that long. One thing I know for sure, I want my last half of my life to be better than the first half. I don’t want to waste the rest of my life in vain pursuits, but instead to be focused and determined in The Lord. There are some things I want to accomplish in this season of life, one of which is scripture memorization.
I remember years ago my husband and I were studying the book of James. He had taken a group of youth to Bible Camp. On the last night they had a talent show of sorts. During the show, a young man stood alone in front of the crowd and from memory began to quote The Book of James. Oh how I wish I could have been there! Completely from memory the young man quoted the entire book, all five chapters!
This was amazing to me, I guess mostly because I have always struggled to memorize. My earliest memory of scripture memorization is from Sunday School. We must have spent the entire year trying to memorize Psalms 23. I’m not sure I ever memorized it verbatim. Over the years I have continued to struggle with memorization.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I don’t know the Bible. I can paraphrase many verses, but being able to say them word for word with a reference to where they are found has just been something I have not been able to master.
“What made the difference?” you ask. Sometime last year I began praying that God would help me to memorize His Word. I wasn’t sure how that would happen but I trusted that this was a worthwhile persuit and that God would honor my request. Then one day, Miss Judy, our pastor’s wife, announced a 4 week study on how to memorize Scripture. I knew immediately that I needed to attend that class.
In 4 short weeks, I have put to memory more Bible verses than I have been able to do in my entire life.
The link below is a video of Pastor John Piper as he talks about the importance of scripture memorization.
There are many techniques which can help with scripture memorization. The key is to find one that works for you. Then you will need to put in some time and effort, combined with prayer.
After all, It is written, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13″