August 31, 2006

Memorization

Since I am now able to blog, I thought I would write about what has been on my mind lately.

My devotional time consists of about an hour, evenly divided, of Scripture reading, prayer, and journaling. I often throw in a little meditational reading from various Christian Classics. I noticed, though, that what I read sometimes stuck and sometimes did not. I would read a passage in the morning and by the time I got to the church, my mind would be going in a thousand different directions. I also noticed that Iwas reading from various passages scattered throughout the Bible. I was reading a lot of Scripture and theology and stuff like that throughout the day, but it was hit or miss if it stuck. And theology and stuff ABOUT God can never replace the stuff FROM God.

While reading The Great Omission, I read a statement that encouraged me to re-try the discipline of memorization. I decided to begin commiting passages of Scripture to memory each. Length didn't matter. I choose something early in the week (so far they have been from the Psalms) and memorize and meditate on the passage throughout the day. Usually by Wednesday I have the chosen passage relatively under control.

It is easy for me to use the excuse, "I am no good at memorizing." The point, though, is not that I memorize a lot of Scripture, but that I take a chunk I can handle and meditate on it throughout the day. I work at memorizing the passage for the week. I say it while driving in the car. I write it down. I keep thinking about it and reflecting on it.

I have found that what we set out hearts on and think about throughout the day, becomes part of us. The best way to think on the things of God is to memorize Scripture. I have been amazed at how this practice has affected my life so far. I think the passage I have been memorizing this week says it all--

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

3 comments:

  1. I always loved that this is how the Psalms start out. It pretty much says it all. ;)

    I too have the memorization issue. I like this idea. Hrm. As soon as I'm through an assignment reading I have I might try this way. Keep me posted. :D

    PS. Glad the blog is back.

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  2. Excellent challenge - I'm highly frustrated though, because my best excuse is the one you listed....urg. Guess I need to get to work. Thanks for the kick in the seat of the pants.

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  3. I have let myself off the hook too many times. I finally needed to crack down and make myself.

    I have often worked under the belief that there are something that are impossible. Lately, I have been influenced to believe that just because something is very hard or nearly impossible, doesn't mean that it can't be done or that I shouldn't try.

    The Kingdom Life is a journey, isn't it? I am glad for God's grace that keeps beckoning deeper and challenging my presuppositions.

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