Memorize the Great Hymns Also

by Allen Cantrell

 

We know the importance of scripture memorization. At least we say we do. We know this in our heads. However, if we don’t actually memorize verses, chapters, books! , we really don’t think it’s important.  And what does this say about our attitude toward God Himself and how we value Him?

 

But for the moment, let’s assume that we all know this is essential and are all doing it. (A Pastor can dream can’t he?) I want to challenge all of you with another valuable exercise that will blow the cobwebs out of your devotional time. It is the same challenge that Charles Spurgeon’s grandmother gave to him—memorize—(word for word , and all the verses) some of the great hymns of the faith.

 

She promised him a penny for every hymn of Isaac Watts that he could perfectly memorize and repeat. He learned so many that his grandmother had to reduce the price to half a penny and still she feared that he would bankrupt her.

 

What if parents and grandparents did this today? And what if we set the example by doing this ourselves?

 

Let me suggest a few to get started. Isaac Watts, “O God, Our Help In Ages Past”;  and “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”;  Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”;

 

Remember–word perfect and every verse!

 

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”                                            Eph. 5:19

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