Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Scripture Memory

In my personal devotions I just finished John Piper's outstanding book, When I Don’t Desire God. Yesterday CJ told me it's his all-time favorite Piper book and that he was reading it again. Now there's an endorsement!

In one chapter Piper emphasizes the need for the discipline of Scripture memorization. Okay, instant guilt trip, right? This is an area I have desired to grow in and been frustrated about. Thankfully, Piper gave more than a reminder, he provided practical help. In particular gave suggestions by Dr. Andrew M. Davis on how to memorize larger sections of scripture that included some practical tips.

I've started to use this method and I'm a believer. There's no fancy trick here, but I'm now convinced of the wisdom of memorizing large sections—even whole books—versus the "a verse here and there" approach that I used in the past. I think tackling a larger section actually makes memorization easier, it helps you understand verses in context and it serves you in helping you meditate on God's word as you quote lengthier portions. So far I've worked on Isaiah 53 and I'm working on Ephesians 1.

Read Dr. Davis's article on scripture memory and then let me know what you think.

And if you'd like to comment, please share how you approach scripture memory personally and how you've seen God use this discipline in your own life.


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