Over the years, my satisfaction with the word of God has moved me to write songs to various passages. To date I have over nine hours of Bible passages set to music–over 100 full or partial chapters of the Bible (see my growing list here). If that sounds like I’m boasting in the broadness of my phylactery (Matthew 23:5), I assure you I am not. When I look at the number of passages I have sung versus the number of passages I have yet to write music for, I’m ashamed at how much of the Bible I do not know with my whole heart, the way I know these ones. It’s a mere sliver.
And yet, I am not discouraged. Each passage that I sing is bound to my forehead, as it were, right where God wants it, ever before me, rattling in front of my eyes where I can’t forget about it. Haven’t you ever Read More…
We humans need every reminder we can get that the Bible contains the very words of God, spoken from the same mouth which created us and which continually sustains our lives. In the Bible song I’m sharing this month (Deuteronomy 6:4-12) God essentially tells his people to do whatever they need to do to remember his word. Tie it around your wrist. Strap it to your head. Graffiti it on your front door if that’s what you have to do. Which is why this devout Israeli soldier looks like this:
I’m not telling you to dress like this guy, or to confine yourself to a study all day and copy the Bible in calligraphy. The gospel, we are told, has accomplished much more than any phylactery (also called tefillah.) “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts,” God promised in the days of Jeremiah. And that is just what he has done by the presence of his Spirit in us, continually speaking the word of God–his word–to our hearts (Hebrews 10:15-25). Read More…
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That’s right. I happen to believe that one of the underlying assumptions of the Bible writers is that, being the record of the very words of God, the Bible deserves and requires a significant investment of our intense attention, energy, and time. Job 28 compares the wisdom of God to a treasure mine. Because the Bible contains the infinite treasures of God’s wisdom, we should, like miners who have discovered, say, a diamond mine, put whatever amount of work is required to find and get that treasure for ourselves. Memorization, in my opinion, is one very powerful way of “digging.”
I’m speaking from experience here. Never has my spiritual walk been more energized than when I began ingesting massive amounts of it by memorization to music. I know for a fact I’m not the only one. Comments, anyone? I know you’re out there!
Does the Bible want to be memorized? I think so, and here are a few reasons why: Read More…