Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
Psalms 1:1 NKJV
It began after watching The Chosen.
I had been struck by the number of people who could quote God’s Word.
Then it hit me.
They had to.
Being able to read wasn’t common, books weren’t easily available, so if they wanted to remember what God’s Word said, they had to memorize.
So, I picked out Psalm 100, and told the kids we were going to start memorizing the Bible together.
They are so much better at it than I am.
We’ve only been at it a little while, but the kids have Psalm 100 and Psalm 1 down.
We are going to move on to Psalm 15.
I’m encouraged that even a small amount of scripture memorization will benefit all of us.
I want God’s Word in our hearts.
I often pray that for our family.
What better way to get it there than to purposefully add it?
Of course it’s not about adding to our knowledge to puff up our pride, nor is it a way to punish or force our family into religion.
It’s instead like falling in love.
When I began to date my husband, I wanted to learn all I could about him.
After we were married I wanted to be familiar with his family and took the time to memorize the names of his mother’s siblings, all nine of them.
It’s the same thing with scripture memorization.
I want to know all I can about Jesus.
I want our children to constantly be learning about Him too.
And this is just another opportunity to know and love Him all the more.
My heart resonates with the psalmist:
Psalm 119:10 NKJV — With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
It’s so much easier to follow Jesus and His commandments if I know them and understand what they are teaching.
And I won’t give up Bible study or solid Biblical teaching, instead it’s just adding another layer of sweetness.
For that’s what knowing Jesus more truly is.
I praise God for His Word and I cherish this opportunity.
Psalm 119:16 NKJV — I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
“May it be so Lord!”