"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night."
In my prayer journal I wrote: Lord, You told me today I need to meditate on Your Word through Scripture memorization. I was convicted to do this, but didn't follow through. A few weeks ago I looked up the Fighter verses from Desiring God ministries, and planned to begin memorizing them, but didn't get started.
I'm reading through Jerry Bridges book In Pursuit of Holiness right now and through this God also has shown me that I'm missing a key spiritual discipline if I am not memorizing Scripture. In chapter nine Bridges writes:
Jesus said, "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me" (John 14:21). Obedience is the pathway to holiness, but it is only as we have His commands that we can obey them. God's Word must be so strongly fixed in our minds that it becomes the dominant influence in our thoughts, our attitudes, and our actions. One of the most effective ways of influencing our minds is through memorizing Scripture. David said, "I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you" (Psalm 119:11).
To memorize Scripture effectively, you must have a plan. The plan should include a selection of well-chosen verses, a practical system for learning those verses, a systematic means of reviewing them to keep them fresh in your memory, and simple rules for continuing Scripture memory on your own.
As I've been pursuing holiness more intentionally this month, I've struggled through the frustrations that Paul writes about in Romans 7. But through that God has shown me that while I can be cut to the heart with conviction from Him in my morning "coffee with the LORD," I forget about that in the bustle of the day. To keep the conviction of my early morning Scriptures in my mind throughout the day, I must be meditating and memorizing Scripture.
This morning, after more encouragement to memorize Scripture from my friend Sharon, I followed through on starting to memorize and meditate on Scripture using the Fighter Verses plan. All Scripture is profitable, so plans like these aren't necessary superior because of the verses they include, but they are valuable for the structure and focus they provide, which I sorely need.
(They are called "Fighter Verses" simply because they help us Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12)
Desiring God Ministries has a schedule for memorizing Fighter Verse Set D in 2009. I'm a bit behind, but I'm going to get started on this schedule. Perhaps you will join me?