We all have at least one song that we can sing word for word. When it comes on, we turn up the volume and sing along until the end, often repeating it if we have the ability. Or maybe it’s a favorite poem or quote that we can recite. Yet when it comes to the Word of God, how many Scriptures, which are all completely inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16), have we memorized and planted in our hearts?
“These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deut. 6:6-7 CJB)
As kids growing up in Children’s Church, we were encouraged to memorize verses of the bible. I don’t know a single person who grew up in church who cannot automatically spout John 3:16. It is one of the fundamental verses. Yet as we get older, we somehow stop putting importance on memorizing God’s Word. We’re told to read, study, and meditate on God’s Word, but most of the time we forget to do that last part. Why is it still important even in adulthood?
“I have sought you with all my heart; don’t let me wander from your commands. I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.”(Psalms 119:10-11 CSB)
What is the point of studying the Word of God if we don’t bother remembering what we learned? Studying God’s Word, seeking out His meaning, is important but so is planting that Word, and God’s meaning within it, in our hearts. We need God’s Word planted in our hearts just as little children do. When we plant God’s Word in our hearts, it gives us direction for our every day lives. It keeps us from wandering away from the Way of God.
Jesus, Himself, gave us the answer when He was in the desert being tempted.
“He answered, It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4 CSB)
There He was, hungry and physically weak from that hunger, while Satan tried to appeal to the human nature part of Him. Jesus had so deeply planted His Father’s Word in His heart that He strayed not from it and used it as a defense against Satan’s temptations. We, too, can use the Word of God that is deeply planted in our hearts to resist the temptations before us and live a life submitted to God. (James 4:7)
“But as for you, continue what you have learned and firmly believed…you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. 3:14-15 CSB)
How do we plant His Word deeply in our hearts? We memorize it. We live it. We teach it. Deuteronomy tells us to talk about the scriptures constantly. When we’re at home, when we’re traveling, before we go to sleep, and when we wake up. Memorize it until we can speak it without hesitation. Memorize it until the Truth within it shines into our inner self and the Fruit of it is produced in our lives.
There are many different ways we can memorize Scripture. How you do it isn’t important, as long as you do it, as long as you know it and plant it deeply within your heart. Planted deeply and firmly within our hearts, we can then recall it whenever we need it, either for our own lives or for teaching others. Meditate, or habitually think on, His Word and the revelations that studying has brought.
I challenge you today to begin memorizing the Word of God once more. Habitually think on it and plant it deeply and firmly within your heart.