My Memory Moleskine: Philippians 1:1-11

So last Saturday, I started working on memorizing the entire book of Philippians as part of Tim Brister’s Memory Moleskine project. When I started the project, I didn’t know how it was going to go – would it be quick and painless? Excruciating? Somewhere in between?

And the answer is… yes.

Surprisingly, it was a lot easier to make it through the first six verses than I anticipated. I actually picked them up very quickly (by Sunday night I could recite them from memory without much difficulty).

However, the one significant challenge that I came across was with one word: “all.

You’d think that it would be a simple one to remember, but for some reason I kept tripping up on it. Phil 1:3 says, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,” but it would come out, “I thank my God in my remembrance of you.”

Already the weeding has begun.

I’m, as of today, a good part of the way through week 2 (Phil. 1:7-11) and the “alls” are coming at me again. (As is the weird sentence structure of v. 7.)

Still, I am persevering, and for the most part have these verses down. Since I can’t prove it to you in typed form, you’ll have to wait until I get brave enough to do a short video post of the whole first chapter.

Are you partnering to remember? Tell me about your journey to remember Philippians so far.

Resolved!

Resolved, To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.

Jonathan Edwards

As I’ve written about in the past, Scripture memorization is a huge challenge for me (and I suspect a good number of others as well); it’s something I’ve wanted to work at for a good long while, but never seemed to make the time. So this year, I’m going for it. I, along with a good number of others, am going to try to memorize the entire book of Philippians by Easter Sunday, 2011.

Why should we memorize Scripture? John Piper offers these encouragements:

Conformity to Christ – Bible memorization has the effect of making our gaze on Jesus steadier and clearer.

Daily Triumph over Sin – as sin lures the body into sinful action, we call to mind a Christ-revealing word of Scripture and slay the temptation with the superior worth and beauty of Christ over what sin offers.

Daily Triumph over Satan – When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness he recited Scripture from memory and put Satan to flight.

Comfort and Counsel for People You Love – When the heart full of god’s love can draw on the mind full of god’s word, timely blessings flow from the mouth.

Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers – actual verses of the Bible have their own penetrating power. and when they come from our heart, as well as from the Book, the witness is given that they are precious enough to learn.

Communion with God in the Enjoyment of His Person and Ways – the way we commune with (that is, fellowship with) god is by meditating on his attributes and expressing to him our thanks and admiration and love, and seeking his help to live a life that reflects the value of these attributes.

I’ll do my best to give regular update here on my progress. Want to join in? Connect at the Memory Moleskine page, download the resources and get started.