27 Feb, 2012

Why Should We Memorize Scripture?

Who memorizes God in the age of Google? -Ann Voskamp

With modern technology, we have near-instant access to everything we need. As I write this, it is shortly after 3pm and I’m getting ready to “google” a recipe to help me as I prepare tonight’s dinner.

There are very few things that I need to memorize.

All of the phone numbers that I need are already programmed into my cell phone. My favorite websites pop up automatically on my desktop. My address book contains all of the email addresses that I need. I can contact 500 people instantly on Facebook. I even have a Bible app on my phone that I love with instant access to Bible reading plans- laid out beautifully for me.

I can research anything, anytime I need it.


Except for when I need to make a split-second decision.

And I make a lot of split-second decisions everyday.

*Words that fly out of my mouth and strike the hearts of my children and husband before I’ve fully examined them.

*There are thoughts that I have already accepted as truth before I’ve taken the necessary moments to research their validity.

I need to memorize God’s Word so that my thoughts and actions can be aligned with Him- in the split second moments. And each day is full of such decisions.

When Jesus was led by the Spirit to the desert to be tempted,  the way that He fought the enemy was by speaking the Word of God.

How can I fight the lies of the enemy without a sword? How do I expect my children to battle the lies and schemes of the enemy without knowing God’s word by heart?

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

When I first came across this invitation, I knew that I wanted to join in. I’m going to take a year to memorize the Sermon on the Mount. I’ve never memorized such a long passage of scripture before, but I know that every time I memorize God’s Word, it changes me.


Ann has taken the time to break the passage up into 1-2 verses per week and has made the cards available as a free download. I simply purchased a small notebook ($1 clearance for a pack of 3), printed the cards, cut them out, and taped them to the pages inside. Simple.



Knowing God’s word by heart is the only way I can instantly tell truth from a lie, morph from discouragement to hope, and choose life-giving paths.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12

I’m inviting my kids on this journey with me. I know that it will change their lives too. We’ll focus on 1-2 verses per week. I’m going to research portions of this scripture that are set to music as well. (So if you know of any, let me know.)

This is one way to give them a sword.

Want to join me? You can download the Sermon on the Mount memory cards here. Read Ann’s post and you’ll find links toward the bottom of the page.


So, what do you think?