During the imprisonment our some of our brothers in Romania, even though they had no Bibles or publications, the brothers maintained their spiritual strength by recalling the things they had learned before their confinement and by sharing these things with one another. Every morning a brother would call to mind a Bible verse. The rest then repeated this text silently and meditated on it during the compulsory morning walk. Once they were all back in their cell they commented on that verse for about a half an hour. Among those 20 or so brothers, they were able to recall 1,600 Bible verses! Even one brother who at first felt that he was too old to memorize many Bible texts was able to recall and recite a large number of scriptures!
Maybe your jaw hangs open as mine does at how many scriptures those brothers knew. What captivated me, though, was something I had also found in memorizing Bible texts – when you know God’s Word by heart, it’s yours... always and forever. Not even the secret police can take it away from you.
1. Memorized verses are yours forever — whether you have a Bible with you or not:In the car, on a run, rocking a colicky baby in the wee hours . . . or immobilized for that MRI. Verses memorized are yours when you want them.
2. Memorized verses are yours when you need them most:Verses memorized in days of laughter and ease will anchor your soul on the dark and painful days.
3. Memorized verses are yours to give away:They are there when you need them to encourage or share the truth with someone else. My friends have used the Bible to help me soften my heart, clear my understanding and guide my thinking and my actions.
4. Memorized verses are yours to help form your faith:As you recite passages over and over and really learn them, God’s living Word reaches the deepest recesses of our soul. And every time we think of the verse, we’re aligning your thoughts to God’s thoughts.
5. Memorized verses are yours to meditate on — to study, dissect and apply:God’s Word is so rich. Memorizing Bible verses lets you really chew on them. As you do, Jehovah continues to give understanding and application, like peeling another thin skin from an onion.
6. Memorized verses are yours to encourage and build up:Have you found that your favorite passages that you’ve memorized come back like old friends. Have you ever awoken in the morning with the words of a memorized text running through your mind? These words are the best kind of wake up. They are like a love note from Jehovah every single morning.
Anyone can memorize Bible verses. You can do this as a family, as a single person, as grandparents, as husband and wife. There’s no time like the present to start incorporating this routine into your day. And it’s never too late to start. Even little kids have memorized up to seventy scriptures before starting school. Check out the following experience:
“When our boy was about one I began telling him bedtime Bible stories, related in an enlarged, colorful way to make a vivid impression. As soon as he began to talk in his second year we would kneel by his bedside and I would have him repeat after me, phrase by phrase, the ‘Lord’s Prayer.’ When he was three I began to have a regular Bible study with him. He would follow in his book, verbally repeating the words after me. He thus came to pronounce words well and learned to enunciate clearly even the big words. To aid in making Bible truths sink deeply into his heart, when he was three we began to have him memorize simple Bible texts. By the time he entered kindergarten he knew about thirty texts, and last September when he started the first grade he had memorized seventy scriptures. Before our boy goes to bed I have him repeat some of his scriptures. Likewise when he gets up in the morning he often recites a few Bible texts as part of his greetings for the day.” w88 8/1 p. 15 par. 19
So, are you wondering HOW to go about it? Check out this excellent method that others have shared with with me: A Bible Verse Memory System That Works! And please share comments with your reasons why memorizing Bible texts is so important. I’m sure there are way more than just six reasons!
1 O Jehovah, you have searched through me, and you know me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up.
You discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You observe me when I travel and when I lie down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
4 There is not a word on my tongue,
But look! O Jehovah, you already know it well.
5 Behind and before me, you surround me;
And you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is beyond my comprehension.
It is too high for me to reach.
7 Where can I escape from your spirit,
And where can I run away from your face?
8 If I were to ascend to heaven, you would be there,
And if I were to make my bed in the Grave, look! you would be there.
9 If I would fly away with the wings of the dawn
To reside by the most remote sea,
10 Even there your hand would lead me
And your right hand would take hold of me.
Source: w88 8/1 p. 15 par. 19; yb06 pp. 124, 125; g88 3/22 28; g87 7/22 26, 27