What is one thing that you wish you would have done better earlier in life? Think about it. The answers will vary, but for me, one thing I wish I had taken more seriously is Scripture memory. I am sure that it was encouraged as I grew up in church, but for some reason, I never quite got it. I remember my grandmother challenging me to memorize Psalm 23 as a kid, but that’s about all. It’s a discipline that I am still trying to master as a 35 year old.
This morning, on the way to football camp, I started to read my boys the verse of the day from the Bible App on my phone. Today’s verse was Psalm 139:23-24.
I read, “Search me, O God…” and got no further.
From the backseat, I heard, “We know that one!” “Finish it,” I said. “…And know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting,” quoted my oldest.
“Is that right, dad?” “Hang on, let me double check. Yep, that’s the one!”
My 9 year old just took me to school on a verse that he had committed to memory last week at VBS. He did so without pause, with full confidence.
I have always admired those who are able to quote Scripture – always wishing that I could do the same one day. Two weeks ago I was in DC for a leadership conference for students. Dr. Richard Land spoke several times over the course of the week and at the end of one of his sessions he spoke on the importance of memorizing Scripture. He memorizes one verse a day. ONE VERSE A DAY! That’s crazy! He challenged the students to do the same. It’s an attainable goal, but one that will require much discipline.
Each day brings new challenges, new opportunities, conversations, confrontations, etc. – I pray that God’s Word would be so ingrained in me that for each occasion, I have Scripture that naturally floods my thoughts, words, and actions.
At 35, it’s not too late for me! I have a lot of catching up to do – my 9 year old has set the pace!
“Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11
Student Pastor – FBC Columbia