you’ve got trouble?

trouble

You’ve got trouble

Wait don’t run

This kinda trouble

Is lots of fun

Pop the matic

Pop the dice

Pop the six and

You move twice

Race your man

Around the track

And try to send

The others back

That’s pop-a-matic trouble

Watch the dice

In the plastic bubble

That pops you in

And out of trouble

Look out sister

Here comes Jack

You’ve got trouble

You go back

The game is fun

For Dad and Mother

And sis can trouble

Her mean ol’ brother

Trouble, trouble,

That’s pop-a-matic trouble

(from Irwin)

Can you tell I was born in sixty-eight and spent a lot of time in front of the tube?  You should see me do it live!  I typed it out for memory, I kid you not.  The unfortunate thing is that the hard drive in my head is filled with useless stuff like this.  It may make you a hit at parties but there’s better uses for our hard drives.  It’s a sad thing when our family is driving and Bonita and I can sing all the words to the seventies country songs…cause that’s what our parents listened to.  And then we tune in an only eighties station, and I am in my glory knowing many of the songs, word perfect… but our hard drives were meant for something so much more.

Many of us have purposefully or accidentally put the following verse to memory.  You may not have it spot on the way the ESV puts it, but you know the verse.

[11] I have stored up your word in my heart,

that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 ESV)

So the verse says that our hearts are to be like vaults.  We are to memorize God’s words and build up a vault in our hearts.  And the purpose of memorizing Scripture is not to win awards and gain the applause of our Sunday School class or fawning parents.  The purpose is to help us sin less against God.  The verses says ‘that I might not sin against you.’  The reality is that temptation comes as a steady stream and the more of God’s Word that we have in our vault, the more able we’ll be to swing the Sword of the Spirit.  When we are tempted in certain areas, verses will come to mind that we have vaulted, last week, last month, last year, ten years ago.  But if all we’ve got in the vault is John 3:16, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with John 3:16 but…let me put it this way:  have you ever seen a guy go to war with a pee shooter or a squirt gun?  Chances are you haven’t.  John 3:16 is good but it won’t get you far when you have an enemy who hates your very soul and wants to rip you to shreds.  (1 Peter 5:8) 

There are verses in God’s Word that will help you win over fear, doubt, lust, pride, despair, worry, and all kinds of temptation.  It can help you in evangelism.  It can help you out of a jam.  It does battle against the lies of the age.  God’s Word memorized is to make us more like Jesus.  It is for God’s glory and for our good.  Remember, the Bible’s a living book and when it’s added into our every increasing vaults, you can access it at any time.

And many of you will say that memorization is a lot of work and I will say ‘absolutely’.  It is work.  It takes time.  But many things worth having will take a lot of work.

There’s a couple of tools that I can recommend to you.  I mentioned how music can stick with us earlier on.  How many of us have Scripture in our head by songs that we have grown up singing in church?  Mark Altrogge has a bunch of music available on iTunes that you can download that is Scripture set to music.  Seeds Family Worship is also available for your kiddies to put songs to memory.   I remember our kids listening to Steve Green when they were little and I am sure that they remember ‘keep your tongue from evil, keep you tongue…and your lips from speaking lies’.  A little book that I have started reading that John Piper recommends is ‘An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture’ by Andrew Davis.  It helped him memorize the first eight chapters of Romans, if I remember the story correctly.  And if that seems a little overwhelming the old question goes ‘how do you eat an elephant?’  And the answer is ‘a piece at a time.’

And if you’re a little overwhelmed at doing this by yourself, find someone to give you a hand.  Have them keep you accountable in your memory work.  I was driving in the car the other day with Danny reciting the first three verses of Romans 6 to her.  I would suggest finding something that you would find helpful to memorize and regularly work on it.  I am sure that all of us want to progress in our lives as believers but sometimes we need a nudge in the right direction.  Maybe this is the nudge you need.  As I said before, our minds our filled with a lot of useless junk, why not work on filling it with stuff that will be for your good?

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