Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11
I have noticed something. I am rarely tempted to sin while I am holding or reading my Bible. The problem is, I don’t hold or read my Bible 24/7, thus I am very vulnerable to temptations for extended periods of time. How can I apply the Word of God during those times? By recalling what I have memorized.
Memorization of Scripture is a discipline. It is something that requires time and effort. It involves mental exercise (just the thought of which makes me tired sometimes). There are many things that can hinder us from learning Scripture if we allow them to do so.
Many would say, some legitimately so, that they cannot memorize Scripture because they have trouble remembering things. May I share with you a story I heard once about this? I think it may encourage you.
The story is told of young boy who lived in a house on a hill. Behind the house, at the bottom of the hill was a small creek. The boy’s father, a good Christian, often instructed his son to memorize portions of the Bible. Unfortunately, the boy had a learning disability that made if very difficult for him to retain information.
One day the boy cried out in frustration, “Dad, it’s no use! I can’t remember these verses. I have tried but it just doesn’t work”.
The man took his son out to the back porch of their house. He pointed to a bucket that was bent, dirty and even had a couple of holes in it. “Son,” he said, “Would you please take that bucket down to the creek, fill it with water and bring it back to me?”
The boy realized that the bucket had holes in it, but he obeyed his father. By the time he made it back up the hill, all the water had leaked out of the bucket. His father had him do it again, and again. Finally, the boy said, “Dad, it’s no use! This bucket has holes in it and won’t hold water.”
The man replied, “Yes, that’s true. But look how clean it is now.”
Even if we can’t remember every jot and tittle of God’s Word, it still has a cleansing effect on us. Let us get into the Word, but more importantly, let the Word get into us.