There are many very good reasons taught for memorizing The Holy WORD Of GOD.
Among them are:
- Scripture to stand on in prayer
- Building faith
- Dealing with certain problems faced in life
- Resisting temptation
- The accomplishment of memorizing Holy Scripture
However, I believe there is a higher purpose for memorizing and reciting The Holy WORD Of GOD. This higher purpose I seem to be discovering for myself for the first time is two-fold: Intimate relationship with GOD and His Holy WORD, and increasing the Kingdom Of GOD within me.
Let’s be clear here, I am not talking about memorizing as much Holy Scripture as you can, as fast as you can; not at all. I am talking about a daily increase in GOD’s WORD, however large or small is comfortable for you, individually.
Please, let me explain.
As our LORD Jesus Christ taught us, the Kingdom Of GOD is like the tiny mustard seed though very small when first planted, it can grow to become a large tree under which the fowls of the air may rest and find shelter from the heat. In our lives, this tree is the Kingdom of GOD growing large and strong in our lives giving shelter not only to us but also to those around us in need of it.
LORD Jesus also likens the WORD Of GOD to seed in that when we begin to faithfully plant the WORD Of GOD into the good soil of our heart on a daily basis, attend to it so that it is watered, fertilized, and protected from weeds and pests, it will grow into a large and regular harvest. The more we plant, the greater the harvest. The more regularly we plant, the more regular the harvest.
I am finding that each time I purposefully recite the Holy Scripture I have memorized it brings me an increase in peace and an increase of my awareness of the Presence Of GOD. It also brings an increase in my desire to more intimately know GOD; it brings a hunger and a thirst for His Kingdom and His Righteousness.
Starting with memorization, simply pick a passage of Holy Scripture that you have a particular fondness for, or one that you believe will help lead you closer to our Heavenly Father. Pick a passage, and simply start with the first verse, or even just the first phrase in the first verse. Memorize it by reciting it aloud, repeatedly. As you start to better remember the phrase, begin to speak it with meaning and intent. Focus on the words and their meaning as you speak them. Allow the words to be a ‘mini-sermon’ to your heart and mind. Spend at least a day with just the phrase or verse you started with, letting it grow in meaning and intensity each time you recite it. If it takes only one day, fine; if it takes several days, that is just as well. The goal is to get the WORD firmly planted and established in your heart, and to renew your mind with it; not to see how fast you can accumulate Scripture verses. We are not attempting to force growth, we are encouraging growth by tending to the garden. This can be done on coffee breaks or lunch time at work, when driving in the car, when doing menial tasks or chores, etc.
As time passes, you will find that each passage you recite will become its own encouragement, teaching, and strengthening to you. It addition, you will find yourself arranging the passages you are reciting in various ways that will together become a sermon to your heart and mind encouraging you in your relationship with your Heavenly Father. There are times when, for me, it feels as though I am drawing from a deep well within myself as I recite the WORD, and my sense of closeness to our Holy Father, LORD Jesus, and Holy Spirit strengthens, increases, and starts to overwhelm.
The Holy Scriptures I am currently working with are:
1Co 13:4-8a Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8a Charity never faileth:
Psa 1:1-6 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psa 23:1-6 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
I am now adding:
Php 4:4-8 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
As you can see, I personally use the King James Version, 1769. I do so because it is a word-for-word translation of Scripture, rather than a thought-for-thought interpretation of Scripture. My studies are based upon the translation, so when I meditate upon the WORD the various meanings pour forth and as I recite the WORD, the meanings are renewed in strength, purpose, and impact. This is what works for me. Please, seek GOD concerning which translation or interpretation of Scripture would work best for you. The purpose is to strengthen yourself in the WORD Of GOD and grow closer to your Heavenly Father.