I’ve memorized scripture over the years. I can repeat the words from most of them at will. But when do we own scripture? When do we claim Scripture as ours? When does our memory work bear fruit? I’ve memorized verses, passages, even whole Psalms.
I’ve meditated on scriptures. Studied passages I’ve memorized. Done word studies. Gone to sleep thinking about God’s Word. Prayed Scripture over circumstances and people.But, when I quote Scripture, I wonder if I’m just remembering words on a page, or if I own the words I’m saying.
I know WHY, I’m saying them. God’s word says, “I have hidden Thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” Psalm 119:11; and “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105. I know God’s Word never returns void.
Maybe there’s a line between memorizing words and owning Scripture. My dilemma is I don’t always know when I cross the line from knowing to owning. A dear friend in our small group told me we own it when we need it and the Holy Spirit brings it to our memory to use or to share.
For now I’m going to claim that.