I started a new internship a couple of weeks ago in the communications department at a company in Virginia Beach. I was hoping to be getting to write, maybe even help with web content and some multimedia. But thus far I've just been doing a lot of proofing and copyediting. I've had a lot of time with not a whole lot to do. But I can't just sit and read or take a nap or anything like that. On a really slow day last week, I began thinking about the book The Practice of the Presence of God. How could I, in the midst of a rather mundane job, constantly practice God's presence like Brother Lawrence did as he washed pots and pans? Praying without ceasing sounds good on paper, but in reality it's difficult.
In Practice, Brother Lawrence says he learned "that in order to form a habit of conversing with God continually, and referring all we do to Him; we must at first apply to Him with some diligence: but that after a little care we should find His love inwardly excite us to it without any difficulty."
Diligence. So true. Thinking on God, His character, His purpose, His heart continually requires a good amount of discipline and diligence.
I remember a sermon I listened to a while ago from John Piper called "If My Words Abide In You". He spent the first 15 minutes quoting scripture from memory! Then, Piper explained the value of memorizing scripture. He made many good points (there are so many reasons to memorize Scripture), but his first point was this: "Memorizing scripture makes meditation possible at times when you can't be reading the Bible, and meditation is the pathway to deeper understanding. So if you're gonna meditate on the law of the Lord day and night, you're gonna need to have some of it in your head."
So I've set out to memorize (and meditate on) more Scripture this summer. I'm starting out with the Topical Memory System as a base, and then moving on to longer passages.
I know it will take diligence and effort... but I am believing the resulting transformation (in my heart, in my mind, in my prayer life) will be well worth it.
Want to join me?
Piper also explains in this good resource "Why Memorize Scripture?" the reasons for memorizing scripture.