Spurgeon on Memorization

Time Posted on May 25, 2014 User Bethany Meckle

“The Bible in the memory is better than the Bible in the book case.”

“Be walking Bibles.”

“It is well to have a good memory and that is the best memory which remembers what is best worth remembering.”

“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”

“Holy Scripture requires searching—much of it can only be learned by careful study.”

“He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of Him yet.”

“It is needful to dwell on this head, because many Christians appear to think that if they are just believers, it is enough. We do not in business think it is enough if we barely escape bankruptcy. A man does not say, if his dear child has been ill in bed for  years, that it is quite enough so long as the child is alive. We do not think that of our own bodies, that so long as we can breathe it is enough.”

“Those who are never tried usually possess a poor, tottering faith but trial, especially persecution, is like the rough March wind which goes howling through the forest, and while the young oaks are almost torn up by the roots at first, it loosens the soil for them, and they send out more rootlets, till they get such a firm grip that they defy the hurricane. That which shakes them at first strengthens them afterwards.”

“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.”

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”

“Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”

“We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service.”

“Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.”

“All human books grow stale after a time - but with the Word of God the desire to study it increases, while the more you know of it the less you think you know.”

“The Book grows upon you: as you dive into its depths you have a fuller perception of the infinity which remains to be explored. You are still sighing to enjoy more of that which it is your bliss to taste.”

“Half our fears arise from neglect of the Bible.”

“The word of God is always most precious to the man who most lives upon it.”

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

 

Do you know of any other Spurgeon quotes directly or indirectly related to Scripture memory? Post them in the comments and I can add them to this list!


Cat Quotes
Tag Spurgeon, Quotes

25 responses to Spurgeon on Memorization

7c9e7c8e014f80cec126133f627b94cc?d=wavatar
Benjamin Ludwig

Here's a couple on spiritual growth.

He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of Him yet.

It is needful to dwell on this head, because many Christians appear to think that if
they are just believers, it is enough. We do not in business think it is enough if we
barely escape bankruptcy. A man does not say, if his dear child has been ill in bed for
years, that it is quite enough so long as the child is alive. We do not think that of our
own bodies, that so long as we can breathe it is enough.

Those who are never tried usually possess a poor, tottering faith but trial, especially
persecution, is like the rough March wind which goes howling through the forest, and
while the young oaks are almost torn up by the roots at first, it loosens the soil for
them, and they send out more rootlets, till they get such a firm grip that they defy
the hurricane. That which shakes them at first strengthens them afterwards.

7dd80386abb09077121e3035a6872af4?d=wavatar
God's Maiden of Virtue

@Benjamin Ludwig:

He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of Him yet.

That is such a good quote!

5c8781030711a2323e0932945bdbf8bc?d=wavatar
Thomas Moeller

I need to meditate on this on anxiety and remember the snail:
“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.”

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
― Charles H. Spurgeon

7dd80386abb09077121e3035a6872af4?d=wavatar
God's Maiden of Virtue

"Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter."
~ Charles H. Spurgeon

Da0c115528ccb8e9cfb5be6d3c31a4da?d=wavatar
Bethany Meckle

Wow, all very good quotes!

Ec6e71cb0a7e37acc5ff473bfd26bff2?d=wavatar

I loved all those! Thank-you so much! My favorites were 7, 8, and 9.

Ed176edb1d292c822f0df1ec4eee06c2?d=wavatar
Gloria

will someone please tell me WHO Charles H. Spurgeon is???!!!

6ece62cee8dc8ac90acf3ef28f635751?d=wavatar

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”

We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service.

“Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.”

"All human books grow stale after a time-
but with the Word of God the desire to study it increases,
while the more you know of it the less you think you know.

The Book grows upon you: as you dive into its depths
you have a fuller perception of the infinity which remains
to be explored. You are still sighing to enjoy more of that
which it is your bliss to taste."

“Half our fears arise from neglect of the Bible.”

“The word of God is always most precious to the man who most lives upon it.”

Da0c115528ccb8e9cfb5be6d3c31a4da?d=wavatar
Bethany Meckle

@Gloria, Charles Spurgeon was a preacher in England in the 1800s, often called the Prince of Preachers.

Ed176edb1d292c822f0df1ec4eee06c2?d=wavatar
Gloria

ok thank you

Eb382df35bf4718126238cdb01e47114?d=wavatar
Ryan Denney

I know you asked for Spurgeon quotes, but I couldn't resist this:
"Our concentration on Jesus will be strengthened by memorization of great passages (not just verses) from Scripture. Passages such as Matt. 7, John 14-17, 1 Cor. 13, and Col. 3 are terrific “soul growing” selections. This practice of memorizing the Scriptures is more important than a daily quiet time, for as we fill our minds with these great passages and have them available for our meditation, “quiet time” takes over the entirety of our lives." ~Dallas Willard
http://www.dwillard.org/articles/artview.asp?artID=106

Da0c115528ccb8e9cfb5be6d3c31a4da?d=wavatar
Bethany Meckle

Wow, that's a great one too!

87cc0df69273fe0512172b212c70792a?d=wavatar
ServantOfTheKing

This quote on Scripture memorization is especially motivating!

Chuck Swindoll wrote in his book Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, copyright 1994, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified.”

Da0c115528ccb8e9cfb5be6d3c31a4da?d=wavatar
Bethany Meckle

I might have to do a post one of these days with quotes from others about memorizing. If I do, I'll use these last two.

1575c466bffd5e7fd60d18c3b4c12bed?d=wavatar
Phil Walker

Love these quotes. Want to go off topic a little by sharing about a Scripture memory event I believe Spurgeon would love and attend every year if he could.

Can you imagine joining a group of Bible lovers from around the country and around the world for a week of quoting and taking in the entire New Testament?!!

The 2014 Scriptorium will be held July 21-26 in Hannibal, MO.

When I lived in Southeast NY, I made the 1,000 mile drive each year for this incredible event and was never disappointed. Rather, it was the highlight of my year. However, now that I live 9,854 miles from Hannibal, MO in Indonesia and my wife Jacky has difficulty getting a visa to visit the USA, we will be joining by Skype.

This year, I will be quoting JOHN 15, HEBREWS 10, and ROMANS 4, plus possibly other chapters if ones are still available after I finish preparing those 3. My wife Jacky will also be joining me to quote 1 CORINTHIANS 13 together. Phil Jr. and Maria Sophia are not quite ready to join us. Hopefully next year. We will have some students here at STT Setia quoting JOHN 4 and 5; MATTHEW 10; and 2 TIMOTHY 2 in English even though this is not their native tongue and some are quite new to English. Please pray for them as they work hard this month to memorize the Scripture and train their tongue to pronounce all the words correctly, and with expression. In addition to our group from Indonesia, we are expecting Memverse users from Fountain of Life in the Philippines to take 2 chapters at the Scriptorium also by skype.

I am hopeful some of you on Memverse will be able to take advantage of this wonderful event.

Scriptorium chapters still available to quote are:
Matthew 14; 19-27; Mark 8-16; Luke 1, 3-5, 8-24;
John 6, 9-14, 16, 18, 21; Acts 10 – 28; 1 Corinthians 4-8; 11-12, 14, 16;
2 Thessalonians 1-3; 1 Timothy 1-4; Hebrews 1-9, 13; 1 Peter 1-5; 1 John 3-5;

If you would like to quote one of these at this year's Scriptorium as well as meet, learn from, and be encouraged/inspired by other Bible lovers, let me know which chapters you want reserved or call Scriptorium director and Scripture Memory Fellowship president Jim Woychuk directly at (573) 231-4107 to reserve chapters or ask questions about this year's Scriptorium. More information can also be obtained at recitescripture.org

Da0c115528ccb8e9cfb5be6d3c31a4da?d=wavatar
Bethany Meckle

@Mr. Walker, that sounds so cool! I mentioned this on GetSatisfaction, but I'll ask it again here for whichever one you see first! :) Is there a way to watch the people quote without actually participating? I'll be praying for y'all!

( BTW - I didn't realize you had two kids! :D )

1575c466bffd5e7fd60d18c3b4c12bed?d=wavatar
Phil Walker

Best to call Jim Woychuk directly at (573)231-4107 for possibilities unless you want to skype with a friend you know who is attending. Yes, Phil Jr. will be 2 next week, and Maria Sophia is 5 1/2 months. We pray and trust both will be active in Scriptorium and memverse and most importantly treasuring God through His Word in due time.

Da0c115528ccb8e9cfb5be6d3c31a4da?d=wavatar
Bethany Meckle

Okay, thanks for the info! Let us all know how it goes. :)

01a81a3e8729a3b81419e12783574b05?d=wavatar
Petra Heinze

I love all these awesome quotes! My favorite is "Every Christian is either a missionary or a imposter."

1575c466bffd5e7fd60d18c3b4c12bed?d=wavatar
Phil Walker

Since I wrote last, Galatians 1-6; 1 Thessalonians 1-2 and James 3-5 have become available.
And 1 Peter 2 and 3; 1 Timothy 1-4; Hebrews 1; 1 Corinthians 4-8; 11-12, 14, 16 have been taken.
The 98 Scriptorium chapters still available to quote are
Matthew 14; 19-27; Mark 8-16; Luke 1, 3-5, 8-24; John 6, 9-14, 16, 18, 21; Acts 10 – 28; 1 Thessalonians 1-2; 2 Thessalonians 1-3; Galations 1-6; Hebrews 2-9, 13; James 3-5; 1 Peter 1, 4-5; 1 John 3-5;

09d00306c59fe884cdb29197df4e89ee?d=wavatar
Mommy's Helper

I can't attend I'm sure. Today is the last day and I know no one who is going (that I know of) and we'll be really busy today. Be sure to let us all know how it goes!

01a81a3e8729a3b81419e12783574b05?d=wavatar
Petra Heinze

I love these beautiful quotes!

87cc0df69273fe0512172b212c70792a?d=wavatar
ServantOfTheKing

This is Charles Spurgeon's commentary on Psalm 119:11. I thought it was really good. Taken from this website: http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps119.htm

When a godly man sues for a favour from God he should carefully use every means for obtaining it, and accordingly, as the Psalmist had asked to be preserved from wandering, he here shows us the holy precaution which he had taken to prevent his falling into sin. Thy word have I hid in mine heart. His heart would be kept by the word because he kept the word in his heart. All that he had of the word written, and all that had been revealed to him by the voice of God, -- all, without exception, he had stored away in his affections, as a treasure to be preserved in a casket, or as a choice seed to be buried in a fruitful soil: what soil more fruitful than a renewed heart, wholly seeking the Lord? The word was God's own, and therefore precious to God's servant. He did not wear a text on his heart as a charm, but he hid it in his heart as a rule. He laid it up in the place of love and life, and it filled the chamber with sweetness and light. We must in this imitate David, copying his heart work as well as his outward character. First, we must mind that what we believe is truly God's word; that being done, we must hide or treasure it each man for himself; and we must see that this is done, not as a mere feat of the memory, but as the joyful act of the affections.

That I might not sin against thee. Here was the object aimed at. As one has well said, -- Here is the best thing-- "thy word"; hidden in the best place, -- "in my heart; "for the best of purposes, -- "that I might not sin against thee." This was done by the Psalmist with personal care, as a man carefully hides away his money when he fears thieves, -- in this case the thief dreaded was sin. Sinning "against God" is the believer's view of moral evil; other men care only when they offend against men. God's word is the best preventive against offending God, for it tells us his mind and will, and tends to bring our spirit into conformity with the divine Spirit. No cure for sin in the life is equal to the word in the seat of life, which is the heart. There is no hiding from sin unless we hide the truth in our souls. A very pleasant variety of meaning is obtained by laying stress upon the words "thy" and "thee." He speaks to God, he loves the word because it is God's word, and he hates sin because it is sin against God himself. If he vexed others, he minded not so long as he did not offend his God. If we would not cause God displeasure we must treasure up his own word.

The personal way in which the man of God did this is also noteworthy: "With my whole heart have I sought thee." Whatever others might choose to do he had already made his choice and placed the Word in his innermost soul as his dearest delight, and however others might transgress, his aim was after holiness: "That I might not sin against thee." This was not what he purposed to do, but what he had already done: many are great at promising, but the Psalmist had been true in performing: hence he hoped to see a sure result. When the word is hidden in the heart the life shall be hidden from sin. The parallelism between the second octave and the first is still continued. Ps 119:3 speaks of doing no iniquity, while this verse treats of the method of not sinning. When we form an idea of a blessedly holy man (Ps 119:3) it becomes us to make an earnest effort to attain unto the same sacred innocence and divine happiness, and this can only be through heart piety founded on the Scriptures.

01a81a3e8729a3b81419e12783574b05?d=wavatar
Petra Heinze

"For God so loved the world that he sent his only son that whosoever follows him shall have eternal life." John 3:16

12cfb4a19b1a118786fdfe2477f8b161?d=wavatar
Catleya Redeemed by Christ

Thank you for compiling such great quotes, love them all... refreshed by "by perseverance the snail reached the ark"(back of my mind is my goal to memorize the entire bible, in Gods's grace)...and this one I trully agree “The word of God is always most precious to the man who most lives upon it" plus a bonus C.S. commentary shared by ServantOfTheKing, inspiring! thanks & God bless you all.


Trans