The Challenge of Memorizing Scripture

[This is a part of The Most Important Book Ever Written Series.]

I mentioned in a recent post, that growing up, I learnt bible verses by memory. Every week at Sunday School, we’d have a competition amongst all the kids. There would be a weekly verse that everyone was meant to learn and anyone who knew it got a prize.


1987 was a good year for me and memory verses!!

It would be a chocolate bar or the like. (This was back when chocolate bars cost about 50 cents!!) Then, at the end of the year there’d be a big prize, a trophy, for the person who gained the most points across the year. 1987 was my year!

At the time I didn’t realise that the real prize was actually the learning of the Bible verses. It wasn’t until later, as an adult, that I better appreciated the gift of having parts of Gods word deep within me. It’s even now as I look back an see how God kept me in His will and His ways through His word in me.

Psalm 119:9-16 expresses this when it says;

How can young people keep their way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
Do not let me stray from your commandments.
I treasure your word in my heart,
So that I may not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord;
Teach me your statutes.
With my lips I declare,
All the ordinances of your mouth.
I delight in the way of your decrees,
As much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts,
And fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.

I can think of many times across the years when the Holy Spirit has a verse or passage to mind. I can attest to the truth that in times of temptation, trial and need the word has been a light to my path and lamp to my feet. In the valley and the mountain top God has used His word hidden long ago in my heart.

The challenge I now face, is to take up this grand work of memorizing scripture once again.

Question: Do you memorize Scripture? What was the last passage you learnt? Can you recall a time recently when the Holy Spirit quickened a verse in a time of need?