Is It Really That Important?
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:9,105 (ESV*)
Memorizing Scripture isn’t the easiest or most exciting thing I do. I know; that isn’t promising to hear from the girl who organizes Scripture memory challenges! But the truth is, the older and the busier I become, the harder it is for me to work on memorizing Scripture.
So, why bother? Is it really that important for us to practice the discipline of committing Scripture to memory?
Ummm. . . Yes! Undeniably, yes!
Psalm 119:9, 105 are just two of the many verses that stress the vital role Scripture has in a believer’s life.
Here we’re told that Scripture helps us guard against temptation. Psalm 119:9 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” When temptation comes, the Word of God guards our hearts!
Of course, we can always look up Scripture to find Truth, if we have time. The problem with that method is that temptation tends to come at us like a flash, demanding an immediate response which doesn’t leave time for research. However, if we have Scripture memorized, the Holy Spirit will bring it to mind instantly.
In those moments, Scripture becomes a “lamp to [our] feet and a light to [our] path.” (Psalm 119:105) The Holy Spirit recalls to our mind relevant Scriptures to guide us away from temptation. When we commit Scripture to memory, we are inviting the Holy Spirit to do His atoning work. If we never memorize Scripture, we miss out on one of the most potent ways He works in our lives!
Which is the biggest reason I work on memorizing Scripture. I have experienced firsthand, more times than I care to admit needing, the way He works to correct my path through Scripture I have learned. It’s why I am passionate about encouraging you to memorize the Word of God, too!
When we memorize Scripture, we invite the Holy Spirit to lead us in Truth! We all need that, so I encourage you to keep going!
What Scripture will you be committing to memory next?
*All Scripture references are from the English Standard Version, unless otherwise noted.