We go through our lives memorising all different kinds of things, like phone numbers, song words and funny jokes, but how much more important is it to memorise Scripture? The younger we start, the better it is for us.
Getting your children learning Bible Verses is amazing way for them to start their walk with the Lord. They have amazing memories, so for them memorisation is easy, and what is learnt at a young age is often retained for a lifetime. As well as memorising Scripture, you will also need to talk about the meanings of these Scripture passages to your child and help them to understand what they mean and how to apply them to their lives.
Here are 8 reasons why we have (and you will want to start) memorising Scripture.
To Keep His Commandments
In Proverbs 7:2, God asks us to Keep His commandments. In Colossians 3:16, we are told to ‘let the word of Christ dwell in us richly.’ Deuteronomy 6:4-9 tells us to teach them diligently to our children and bind them upon our hands. We need to learn the Scripture ourselves as well as teach them to our children. That way you will can take it with you wherever you go and can access it anytime you need it.
To Glorify God
Weren’t we put here on Earth to glorify God? Kids need to know and understand that by reading and memorising Scripture they are spending time with their Saviour and are obeying Him.“I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore,” Psalm 86:12
To Feel Safe
Parents cannot always be with their children. As you send them off to school or sporting activities, wouldn’t it be better if the Word of God was with them, giving them wise counsel when needed. I know I am more at peace knowing that the Lord is with our children protecting them when I cannot be there. There are many verses in the Bible that they can memorise that will help remind them that God is always with them and that He will never leave them. He is there to support them and help them to make wise choices.
To Fight Sin
When situations arise in your life, Bible verses that you have previously memorised can be brought to your mind and help you. We are constantly presented with choices and temptations. We need to ‘hide God’s Word in our hearts, so that we might not sin against Him.’ Psalm 119:11
Spread the Word
1 Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” How can you be a good witness for God if you don’t know His Word? 1 Thessalonians 4:18 tells us to be ready to encourage other believers with the truth. Many witnessing opportunities will arise where you will be without a Bible to rely on, but if you have memorised important Bible truths, the power of the Gospel can always be shared. Bible memorisation is vital for spreading the Gospel.
To Know Christ
Undoubtedly, studying and memorising the Scripture will strengthen your relationship with God. The more you read and memorise, the more you are learning about the Lord and how He wants you to live your life. James 4:7 ESV – “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
To Love Others
In the Bible we are told to share the love of Jesus with everyone we meet. A child needs to learn and understand that they are not only to love God with all their heart, but to love their neighbours and treat them accordingly as well. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and will all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” Luke 10:27 KJV
We all go through hard times, and during these times, we need to persevere and continue on in faith. The Bible is our spiritual ammo to get through these hard times and memorising of Bible verses is essential is keeping us on the right track. “and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” Ephesians 6:17 ESV