Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Memorizing the Word

Tim Challies recently asked the question on his blog: Why Memorize Scripture? In the article he quotes from a John Piper message six reasons to memorize Scripture. Memorizing Scripture has never been a specialty for me so this is a challenge to myself as well as you all to start memorizing Scripture.

Piper's reasons for memorizing Scripture:

1. Conformity to Christ - Bible memorization has the effect of making our gaze on Jesus steadier and clearer.

2. Daily Triumph over Sin - As sin lures the body into sinful action, we call to mind a Christ-revealing word of Scripture and slay the temptation with the superior worth and beauty of Christ over what sin offers.

3. Daily Triumph over Satan - When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness he recited Scripture from memory and put Satan to flight.

4. Comfort and Counsel for People You Love - When the heart full of God's love can draw on the mind full of God's word, timely blessings flow from the mouth.

5. Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers - Actual verses of the Bible have their own penetrating power. And when they come from our heart, as well as from the Book, the witness is given that they are precious enough to learn.

6. Communion with God in the Enjoyment of His Person and Ways - The way we commune with (that is, fellowship with) God is by meditating on his attributes and expressing to him our thanks and admiration and love, and seeking his help to live a life that reflects the value of these attributes.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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