Why is Scripture memory important? Proverbs 23:7 says, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." There is a sense in which we are what we think. If we think successful thoughts, we'll be successful; if we think angry thoughts, we'll be angry; if we think positive thoughts, we'll be positive; if we think negative thoughts, we'll be negative. The mind is a garden to be cultivated, and we're responsible for the seed we sow into the furrows of our brains.
I believe the Bible is the inspired and unfailing message from a God who is both intimate and infinite. It verbalizes His revealed intelligence about how we should think, feel, act, and speak. Its theology is therapeutic, and its advice is sensible. Every verse in the Bible is priceless, for all Scripture is given by inspiration of God; we're to live by every word that proceeds from His mouth.
As a parent and a pastor, I've tried to drop the seeds of specific Bible verses into the furrows of my thoughts, and into the minds of others. Scripture memory is a way of digging into the soul and planting the truth a little deeper to achieve a richer harvest. Yes, it's a lost habit among most people; but losing it is like an explorer losing his map or a nation losing her constitution.
A verse learned goes into our memories and from there into our conscious and subconscious minds. From there it shows up in the way we live, think, feel, talk, act, and achieve. The principle of Proverbs 23:7 is true 24/7: For as we think in our hearts so are we.
One verse that tells us this plainly is Joshua chapter 1, verse 8, a verse I memorized in college. It's Number 11 of the 100 verses everyone should know by heart: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 - Number 11 of 100 Verses for 100 Huntley Street.