Mirror, mirror, help me start,
To hide this verse within my heart.
Last summer I advocated a method to memorize Scripture—writing out the verse until I can write it from memory with no mistakes. I stand by that method, but I’ve found a great way to supplement it.
At present, I’m tackling Habakkuk. When I memorize Scripture, I tend to go long. A passage. A chapter. Whole books. (Short ones.) Keeping track of the reference always annoys me. Going long solves that problem and helps me understand the outline and flow of the passage and how a specific verse fits in context.
Due to time constraints, I’m taping verses to the bathroom mirror. Granted, I work at home, but I’ve been shocked at how much I’m in there. Showers. Brushing teeth. Changing towels.
It adds up.
So why memorize in the first place? Don’t I have enough stuff to remember? Yes, but that info isn’t life-changing. Check it out:
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11 NIV)
When we hide God’s word in our heart, the Holy Spirit can bring it to mind again in our moment of need. Just like a boomerang, back it comes. And that can make the difference between a stumble and a fall. Look at Jesus when He was tempted. He answered every one with what? Scripture.
“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
We are influenced by what goes into our brains. Want to become more like the culture? Indulge in a steady diet of TV, movies, and secular music. Want to be more like Jesus? Read and memorize His book.
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only what is good for building others up according to their need that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesian 4:29)
When we memorize Scripture, we assemble a stockpile we can use to build up those around us. The Holy Spirit draws from the supply we’ve put in to give a ready answer to those in need. And who doesn’t appreciate a word of wisdom and encouragement?
Commit to hide God’s word in your heart. God promises His word never returns empty (Isaiah 55:11). Try it this week with a verse you’ve been longing to learn. You’ll find meditation on God’s word to be the bonus that accompanies memorization.
So tape one up there.
Put that mirror to work and watch your reflection change as you are transformed by His Word.
Do you memorize Scripture?
What is a Scripture you like but don’t know by heart?
Will you try to learn it this week?
Have each person choose a verse and put it on their mirror. At the end of the week, have a prize ready for those who successfully learned their verse.
When I memorize Scripture, I tend to go long. Click to tweet.
Just like a boomerang, back it comes. And that can make the difference between a stumble and a fall. Click to tweet.
Want to be more like Jesus? Read and memorize His book. Click to tweet.
When we memorize Scripture, we assemble a stockpile we can use to build up those around us. Click to tweet.
So tape one up. Click to tweet.