I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
For years (and years) I’ve labored under the conviction that I am unable to memorize. Ask my kids, as I’m often the brunt of their good-humored ribbing. Take for instance my propensity to sing with gusto songs that should be very familiar to me, but songs I end up making up words here and there or humming (or more conspicuously, mumbling) a bit now and again when I realize (or don’t realize) that I no longer remember the actual words. The fruits of memorizing Scripture is appealing to me, but planting the words in my heart and mind has always seemed out of reach. However…
This makes a lot of sense to me. My son-in-law recently directed his friends to a post that highlighted a simple, low-tech, low-cost method for Scripture memorization and review. When I found out this is the Charlotte Mason Method of Recitation, I knew that it would be specific and effective. I was correct.
Like many home-school moms, I learned to love and trust the gentle, but determined 19th century educator, Charlotte Mason. Her reliance on “twaddle free” living books with noble themes and engaging stories really resonated with me. I instinctively knew I wanted this for my children and it eventually led me to embrace the literature-based Sonlight curriculum for our reading, history, and science lessons.
When given a Bible, a North Korean defector to South Korea said, “As a man who is full cannot understand another man who is starving, I do not think other Christians around the world would anticipate that there are people who desperately desire to read the Bible once in their lifetime.”
Most likely those reading this have unlimited access to the Bible, whether in print or on-line. I wonder to what extent we will answer for our cavalier attitudes toward God’s Word, behaving like glutted diners before another full course instead of hungry beggars seeking our daily bread. I wonder to what extent we will ever be forced to rely on what Scripture we have hidden in our hearts like our brothers and sisters in prisons around the world for their testimonies. I wonder what peace would be mine (Ps. 119:165), what influences God might expand in my life (Ps. 119:46), what sin might be averted (Ps. 119:11), what joy might settle in my spirit (Ps. 119:7) if I had a greater storehouse and recall of God’s precious teaching and promises to me. This system allows an individual or family to add to their memorization file and monthly review their already memorized verses.
SimplyCharlotteMason shares the method here. It requires only a recipe card file box, recipe cards, and 44 file box dividers with tabs. Simply Charlotte offers free, printable Scripture cards and pre-printed divider tabs to get jump-started. Print directions for this memory/review system would be complex, but this 6-minute video presents the process in a clean, understandable manner. [The site also links to a free app for Windows 8 users if this old-school method seems inhibiting.]
To strengthen resolve, it would be helpful to hear real-life stories of how God has employed the memorized Word to bring Him glory, as well as the systems and the recitation methods others are using to successfully memorize Scripture.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
~ Psalm 119:103