[Papercut Press Publishing] 1999-07-19 - I Remember How To Sue

Psalm 119:11 Thy Word have I treasured in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.

A woman in Denver, who say she lost her memory on the Mind Eraser roller coaster, is suing the amusement park where the ride is offered. I confess, that sometimes I wonder if I am losing my memory also. I'm not sure who I could sue about it however, so I'm thinking about a visit to Denver.

Over the years I have heard a lot of excuses why folks don't practice Scripture memory. In general, excuses are lame. This is especially true when it comes to the pathetic reasons people give for their refusal to hide God's Word in their hearts.

"Scripture memory is hard." To which I say, not much in this life that is worth doing is easy. "I just don't have time to memorize Scripture." OK, lets do inventory and look at all the things you DO have time for, and then lets talk about priorities. "I have better things to do." Really, you have better things to do than memorize Scripture. Lets do that priority talk again. "I'm already studying a lot of things, my brain is tapped out." Well, again, priorities, its great that you study, but how about the study of things that have eternal realities?

No one said Scripture memory was easy, but no one who does it would call it difficult. They would call it a blessing.

A couple years ago I presented six suggestions for Bible study. I have listed them again below. One of them is to meditate on the Word of God, or memorize. It is my belief that we would have a stronger, more vibrant, effective faith if we worked hard at Scripture memory. May the Lord raise up those who know His Word and apply it to their lives.

Six practical suggestions for Bible study:

  1. Study the Word of God daily.
  2. Understand the importance of studying the Bible systematically. Do not be haphazard about the study of the Bible, take one book on and stick with it. I know someone who spends five years on each book he studies, I commend this practice to you (but five years might be too much).
  3. Study the Bible comprehensively. Study a NT book and then an OT book. Do not neglect the OT, in it Christ is clearly seen and better understood through the light of the NT. We are often apt to put the OT on a lower pedestal. My friends it is the word of God, written for your edification, do not neglect it!
  4. Study the Bible devotionally, not mechanically. The personal study of the Bible is not an academic exercise. We want the teachings of the Bible to become parts of our lives and practice.
  5. Study the Bible prayerfully. Confess to the Lord often that the Bible is hard for you to understand, and ask for the assistance of the Spirit. Pray often for an obedient and responsive heart to what the Bible speaks to your heart.
  6. Meditate on the Word of God. What I mean here is memorize. This is a lost discipline, but it is essential. Hide the Word of God in your heart so that when the temptation of the world comes and confronts you, you are ready with the divine revelation to confront its assaults.

Soli Deo Gloria,