Before You Memorize Scripture

Desire — You must want to memorize Scripture.
The Psalmist said, “My soul is crushed with longing” after God’s word “at all times” (Ps. 119:20). What does it means to be “crushed with longing” after God’s Word?

The Psalmist testified, “Behold, I long for Thy precepts.” (Ps. 119:40) and also said he sought God’s precepts (Ps. 119:45). Why is this attitude important if we are to effectively memorize Scripture?

Determination — Act upon your desire to memorize.
Ezra “set his heart” to study, practice, and teach God’s Word (Ezra 7:10). The expression “set his heart” tells us that Ezra was determined to study God’s Word.

Read Psalm 119:47-48 and note the ways in which the writer expressed his determination to study God’s Word. “And I shall delight in Thy commandments, which I love. And I shall lift up my hands to Thy commandments, which I love; And I will meditate on Thy statutes.”

Dependency — Depend on God as you memorize.
The Psalmist appealed to God to teach him His statutes (Psalm 119:12), give him understanding concerning His Word (Psalm 119:73,125), and open his eyes to the wonderful truths contained in God’s Word (Psalm 119:18).

Discipline — You must stick with it!
Ezra set his heart to “study” God’s Word. This requires effort and discipline.

What attitude did the Psalmist have toward the study of God’s Word? He meditated on God’s Word (Psalm 1:2; 119:15, 97).

Doing — You must do it!
Develop a plan that works for you and put that plan into practice. Someone wisely noted: Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Only after we commit God’s Word to memory can we say: “Thy word I have treasured I my heart, that I may not sin against Thee” (Ps. 119:11) and “I delight to do Thy will, O my God; Thy law is within my heart” (Ps. 40:8).

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