Why do I memorize scripture?
The Bible instructs me to speak the scripture and meditate on it constantly:
Joshua 1:8 (ESV) ** bible.com
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.
Jesus memorized scripture and spoke it at the appropriate time:
Luke 4:1-4 (ESV) ** bible.com
1 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.'”
God’s Word is to be in my mouth and my heart:
Deuteronomy 30:14 (ESV) ** bible.com
14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
God’s Word gets into my heart by meditating on it day and night:
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (ESV) ** bible.com
6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 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.
Jesus commands me to love him with all my heart and mind:
Matthew 22:36-40 (ESV) ** bible.com
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
When God’s Word is in my heart, I will set my mind on the things of the Spirit.
Romans 8:5-6 (ESV) ** bible.com
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
By sowing to the Spirit, I will reap eternal life.:
Galatians 6:8 (ESV) ** bible.com
8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
God’s Word equips me for every good work:
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV) ** bible.com
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
God expects me to be a doer of the Word that is in my heart and mind:
James 1:22 (ESV) ** bible.com
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
If you want to start memorizing scripture, this verse is an easy one to start with:
Colossians 3:2 (ESV) ** bible.com
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
This is an excellent verse to use as a prayer regarding scripture memorization:
Psalm 19:14 (ESV) ** bible.com
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
If you want to memorize all the scriptures on this page, they are contained in a scripture collection in the group I created for the Scripture Typer app.