Our brains are changing. I don’t memorize phone numbers and a slew of facts anymore. They are stored on my phone or I can search for them easily.
And my guess is, you are not memorizing Scripture either.
The Google curse.
We don’t have to memorize so we don’t. Just google it!
I’m not sure we want to merrily accept this pattern of life.
I remember Ms. Lily White standing up in our Sunday worship gathering for several years to share the Scripture with us. With a voice astonishingly clear for her 80 plus years, she would reach into the depths of her mind and quote Scripture; her favorite was Psalm 1. Even when her mind lost track of other details, the Scripture remained. Those were high and holy moments. Our worship of God was enriched.
In conversation she attributed her long life and her joy in it to God’s grace. And she always extolled the virtue of memorizing Scripture.
Readers, did you memorize last week’s verses?
1I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2
My soul is prone to wander. I know I need the signs that point me back to God’s grace. David the Psalmist said, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Did you see that? Thy and Thee? Its because I memorized Psalm 119:11 in the King James Version over thirty years ago!
If our daily life is the major fabric of our worship of God, then we need a lot of signs.
Memorizing Scripture is like loading the hard-drive of your mind. When you need it, the Holy Spirit can remind you of it and redirect your soul into His grace, wisdom, and love.
PS: Here’s link to an article to that will help you get started.