"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
When I first came to know Jesus, I attended a class at church for new believers. Each week we learned about a spiritual discipline to assist us in our walk with Christ. The topic I struggled with the most was Scripture memorization. If my Christian life required memorizing Bible verses, then with my faulty memory, I was in big trouble!
As the years have gone on in my journey with the Lord, I’ve come to appreciate my need to hide God’s Word in my mind and heart. I’ve valued being able to refer to comforting or convicting verses, even if I didn’t have a Bible in front of me. The benefit of making Scripture part of who I am far outweighed the effort needed to learn the words and location of each verse.
Children are like sponges. But it’s up to us to ensure that the information they absorb will have an eternal benefit. Learning Scripture for ourselves provides the ideal opportunity to include a child. Set the words to a familiar tune, allowing the music to help you both remember words that might otherwise be long forgotten!
Do you have a regular practice of memorizing scripture? Enlist a child and make it a joint effort!