“Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.”
Psalm 119:11 KJV
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing one another
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Colossians 3:16 KJV
A wonderful spiritual activity that has been lost in our modern Christianity is Scripture memorization. A couple of generations ago this was not the case. Parents and Sunday School teachers encouraged children to memorize large portions of Scripture that often included several chapters of the Bible at one time.
In the western educational system of today students are not often assigned poems to memorize and then recite to the teacher. Somehow rote learning has fallen on hard times.
Training the mind to memorize is a very beneficial mental activity and can be most rewarding in spiritual matters as well.
The Psalmist tells us that having Scripture memorized or hidden in our hearts can aid in resisting temptation to sin.
It is to be noted that when Satan tried three times to tempt Jesus to sin that the Lord responded each time with Scripture. Paul told the Christians at Colossae to be rich in Scripture memorization.
Various para-church organizations have Scripture memorization programs that can be used by us to enrich our memory banks with the Word of God.
Seeking to commit chapters of Scripture to memory and not simply random verses is a real challenge and highly profitable to our spiritual growth.
Why not get started today with some familiar portions of Scripture such as Psalm 1, 23, 121 or John 14. You find the passage that is well known but not yet totally committed to memory and spend 15 minutes a day working on it.
Such exercising of your mind will pay dividends in several ways—the most important of which is spiritual growth. You have nothing to lose and much to gain if you start today to hide God’s Word in your heart.