When I wake up Sunday morning, I’m not thinking about reading the Bible, much less memorizing a portion of Scripture or a Bible verse. Sunday morning is not significantly different than any other morning, at least in terms of what I think about. Ideally, I aspire to have quality time reading God’s word, memorizing a Bible verse and praying but that hasn’t happened recently.
Although I may not think differently on Sunday mornings, the day is different and it is holy. I don’t work on Sunday and I go to a local church congregation to worship God with other believers. My housekeeping responsibilities are largely relegated to Saturday and I enjoy a more measured day of fellowship, learning, rest and worship.
NOTES AT CHURCH
Several years ago, I started taking notes during sermons at church. I like to take notes because they help me remember the core message of the sermon. Preaching from the pulpit is an important way that God can speak to his children and I want to remember those messages and carry them with me moving forward in life. When I come across a Bible verse or passage of Scripture that has particular relevance, I jot it down and hope that I’ll review it and eventually (maybe) remember it later.
But now, instead of hoping to remember a Bible verse or passage, I can immediately look it up on the SonicBiblia web app from my phone and save it to my playlist to memorize later so I can remember it always!
I did this several weeks ago and instead of inking 2 Corinthians 7:1 in my notepad, I looked it up in the SonicBiblia web-app on my phone and immediately saved it to my playlist. That night, before going to bed, I listened to the lesson and committed it to memory.
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ESV
MEMORIES IN THE MORNING
But the opening words of this article are still true, “When I wake up in the morning, I’m not thinking about reading the Bible…”. That’s OK - but let me share with you what happened after I memorized 2 Corinthians 7:1. The next morning, I thought of the verse for a moment then remember it word perfect and suddenly it brought back memories from the sermon! And now, even though it’s been over a month since our pastor preached on 2 Corinthians 7, I can still remember some of the basic themes from his sermon!
It’s as if I found a gem while digging in the field. As soon as I saw the pretty stone, I knew that I wanted to keep it, so I cleaned it and polished it and took it with me. Now, every time I look at that gem, a little bit of dust comes off -reminding me from where it came.
When we store up Scripture in our heart, God will bring it to mind and you’ll invariably find yourself doing two things. First, you’ll have the desire to recall that Bible verse or passage from memory and most of the time you’ll be able to quote it verbatim! Second, you’ll be drawn into God’s word and start to read more Scripture.
In the case of 2 Corinthians 7:1, when I recite the verse, I can not only recall the sermon highlights but I’m also reminded of the “promises of God”, which the verse directly references from the previous chapter. This helps bring me back into God’s word where I continue to learn and discover.
For more insight into how you can remember God's word, read the article: "How to Memorize Scripture: a Definitive Guide".
As followers of Christ, it is our duty to guard the good deposit entrusted to us. One of the ways we can guard our hearts against the deceitfulness of sin is by storing up God’s word in our mind through Christian meditation - that is - focusing on the words of God as contained in the Bible and committing them to memory. When we memorize Scripture, we are actively using the resources God has given us, both in terms of time and brain power, to invest into his Kingdom.
When we apply our heart and mind to know the very words of God, we can better walk in obedience to Jesus and prove to be his disciples by producing much fruit and glorifying God.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 ESV
May the grace of our Lord be with you, now and always. Click here to memorize 2 Corinthians 7:1