‘Tis Good to Memorize

This psalm is an acrostic poem. Each stanza begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

97 Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
and make me wiser than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.
102 I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path. Psalm 119:97-104

The psalmist laid out a reasonable path for us to follow and it includes some very intriguing side benefits:

  • wiser than my enemies
  • more insight than my teachers
  • more understanding than my elders
  • hate every wrong path
  • keep my feet from every evil path

And this all stems from meditating on God’s word.

There is really one “downside” ever to reading and memorizing the Word of God: the discipline and time it takes to do it. But even that is a weak excuse because the end result will be well worth the time and energy spent committing it to memory.

I have heard the excuse many times over that “I can’t memorize anything.”

And it is just that, an excuse.

If I asked you to tell me John 3:16 out loud, I would say nearly 100% of those reading this post would be able to recite it without…from memory. If you can memorize one verse, you can memorize more.

Yes, it could take you longer than most people. This isn’t a contest. The bottom line is this: the will to memorize the Word of God is more significant than the ability to do it.

Choose one of the verses in this passage and commit it to memory.

Read it a few times, say it out loud a few times, close your eyes and see how far you get. Rinse and repeat.

You can do this.

One response to “‘Tis Good to Memorize”

  1. Hello Dave, I love the new look of your website!

    very good message too!

    I need to make a better effort in returning more often!

    God bless!

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