I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s and I will never forget the weekend nights that my brother and I listened to every single song in “Casey’s Top 40” – songs we mostly knew by heart.
Most of us know hundreds of songs by heart and can belt out every last lyric with only the first few measures of the song played. Songs committed to memory – for fun.
I began to think about how this could apply to Scripture memorization when a Jewish believer in Christ opened up the Torah for the first time before my eager eyes. I stood in awe as he sung – yes SUNG the words of the law according to Jewish tradition.
I was even more amazed when I learned that included in this process of cantillation there were trope marks – the equivalent of musical notes assigned to each Hebrew word – thus making the Torah a song in the heart of Jews worldwide.
I would like to propose that Scripture memorization doesn’t have to be a tedious, frustrating task. One way this is possible is to make it a song in our hearts.
Memorizing Scripture can become a fun and relatively easy part of your daily routine. Chuck Swindoll wrote, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified.”
The Bible is replete with passages that instruct us to commit God’s words to heart. Here are just a few:
Psalm 119:11 “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
Deuteronomy 6:6-8 “these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Where to start? I’m so glad you asked! Our family has been creating our own little Scripture Songs for the last year and we would like to begin to share them with you all.
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Children of God from 3-100 can memorize God’s Word easily. Let’s start singing!