Debunking 3 Myths About Memorizing Scripture
"How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Psalm 119:103)
Myth #1: Memorizing Scripture is for people with excellent memories.
Perhaps the most common Scripture memory myth is the idea that hiding God's Word in your heart requires a prodigious memory. The truth is, yes, you do have a bad memory — and that's exactly why you ought to be memorizing Scripture! If that seems counter-intuitive, think of it this way: people who are out of shape benefit from physical exercise much more than those who are naturally athletic. If you're prone to forgetfulness, taking time to fill your mind with Scripture will be especially worthwhile.
Myth #2: Memorizing Scripture is for people with lots of free time.
The busier you are, the more you need God's Word. Just as driving your car a lot increases the importance of changing the oil, a life that's full of responsibility needs to be governed by the truth of God's Word. In the words of Max Barnett, "If you truly are too busy [to memorize], then maybe you are busier than God intended for you to be. Maybe you need to seriously evaluate the way you use your time. The problem is usually not a lack of time but a lack of heart. Ask God to help you deal with your heart and find some time to memorize His Word."
Myth #3: Memorizing Scripture isn't necessary in the digital age.
The digital age has some great advantages, but it also comes with some side-effects. With news and social media constantly at our fingertips, the world has a direct line to our eyes and ears. Properly processing this endless stream of headlines, advertisements, memes, debates, and temptation requires more than installing God's Word on your phone; you need Scripture "installed" in your heart (Psa. 119:9).
Ready to begin memorizing Scripture? Start your journey by memorizing 15 verses on the value of knowing God's Word.