I am not a fan of memorization. At best I struggle with it. If it isn't repeated or used often, its hard to retain and soon forgotten. Growing up, I couldn't grasp the importance of why it was good to memorize God's word - it was already written down, right?
As I got older, I started to realize that it is worth the effort and also, expected of us. It is vital to our relationship with God to know His word and it's a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:14-17)
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20-21)
John Piper, who wrote Desiring God lists out six reasons why it is important to have the Word imprinted on your heart and tongue.
1. Conformity to Christ
2. Daily Triumph over Sin
3. Daily Triumph over Satan
4. Comfort and Counsel for People You Love
5. Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers
6. Communion with God in the Enjoyment of His Person and Ways
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:8-14)
The Lord gave us His Word for these purposes - so that we may be more like Him and draw closer to Him. He also didn't give it for us just to hold on for safe keeping, but arm us for battle against the enemy and to share His glory to the world. This week, I challenge you, along with me, to begin memorizing scripture.
The easiest way for me to do it is to add a passage on a note card, write it on the bathroom mirror, keep it in my purse and read it in its context each day.