When I was younger, I loved the Disney classics, like come on who doesn’t love a Disney classic? My all-time favourite was the Lion King, closely followed by Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Dumbo. Over the past couple of years, I have loved that a lot of my favourites have been remade by Disney; some I love, others not so much.
I have loved being able to take my boys to see the new movies on the big screen. We are lovers of all things musical in our house, so a good soundtrack is vital in making a movie a hit in our house.
Joshua, my youngest boy, is just as passionate about Disney soundtracks as I am. He is always more than happy to be my sidekick on our road trip, sing-along concerts.
This week as we were singing in our best French accents to Be Our Guest, Joshua said I really love that you know all the Disney songs, Mum, I think it’s really cool to have a Mum that can sing along to songs I love.
Which got me thinking a particular song I learnt off by heart. In fact, I learnt every word of every song on the Beauty and the Beast album when I got the CD shortly after it was released in 1991, which now is twenty-eight years ago. I have remembered very close to all of the lyrics to a whole soundtrack for twenty-eight years. And they are not the only lyrics that have stuck.
My favourite ever songs, Nothing can stop us now – Starship (no shame)
The whole of the moon- the Waterways
The Loco-Motion- Kylie
Especially for you- Kylie and Jason
Papa don’t preach- Madonna
The list is really expansive. Not to mention countless nursery rhymes, school assembly songs, old hymns, musical soundtracks, rhymes and poems I learned to recited along the way.
Here I am, almost thirty years later, with all this memory for all these songs and, you know, I actually can’t recite one scripture from Sunday school or Bible Class.
I remember doing a reading in church one time, John 1, in the beginning was the word and the word was God and blah blah blah. My mum had me sitting in the front room reading that over and over to make sure I read it well. And it stuck.
Every Sunday I went to church, every Tuesday to GB. I went to Sunday School, Bible Class and that’s all I managed to remember. I’d love to stand here six years into my new journey of faith and declare I know lots of scripture now… well I don’t. I could probably quote you a few verses that mean a lot to me. I could paraphrase or I could quote a word or two from the verse but I can’t recite scripture from memory.
And does that matter? Well, I would be the first to say you don’t need to know your Bible word for word to know and love God. You don’t need to be some biblical type scholar for God to use you. You can still go to heaven if you don’t read your Bible every day. And that is all true.
But to get to know the heart of God you need to read the Bible, you need to understand what his message to you is. Not to tick a good Christian requirement list, to know the heart of your Father and his love for you.
This week, I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by life. I have had a lot of things go wrong and, not wanting to give the enemy too much credit, it kinda feels like something’s out to get me. My heating broke, water broke, car broke, a tooth broke and I had two large unexpected bills. No matter how strong I feel on my good days, when these things come at me and overwhelm me, it’s scripture, God’s word, that I need to hear playing in my mind. That’s why it’s important for me to start to memorise scripture and store it in my heart.
So this week I’ve decided that I wasn’t just going to read my Bible to get a quick word from God to add to my list of chapters read. I’m going to start learning scripture, storing it in my heart. If I can do it with songs I love, why not scripture I love?
“Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Ephesians 6:17 NLT
Then when I face opposition, I’ve got God’s truth in my heart, not the enemy’s lies (that’s what Jesus did).
“But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ””
Matthew 4:4 NLT
“Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.’
Matthew 4:7 NLT
““Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.’ ””
Matthew 4:10 NLT