40 YEARS AGO SONY’S WALKMAN CHANGED THE WAY GOD’S ELECT LISTENED TO HIS WORD
The Sony Walkman is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. The once famous now little known gadget was introduced with little fanfare in the summer of 1979, but it didn’t take long before the whole world fell in love with the diminutive device. The Sony Walkman TPS-L2, a 14-ounce (397 gram), blue-and-silver portable cassette player, had an impact that was monumental.
While this meant adding sin to sin [Isaiah 30:1] to the reprobate of the world, it meant an untold blessing to many of God’s children the world over. NOW they were no longer dependent on their little radios to hear God’s Word, but could listen to it AT WILL and carry their audio Bible and sermon cassettes wherever they went.
When I first laid my hands on this little marvel – The Sony Walkman, I was still lost in the Occult and so used my device to listen to Heavy Metal and Rock music for the most part. But Regeneration changed all that! The wretch who was once tripping on ‘Deep Purple’ and ‘Black Sabbath’ now started using the very same device to relish the ‘Best of Romans’ – I mean Paul’s epistle to the Romans, the Ephesians and the Galatians etc.
Coming out of the darkness of the Occult for me was like literally coming out of the darkness and filth of the sewer onto the pleasant meadows and lush green pastures by the still waters – I mean the grass actually looked greener and the sky bluer! And most of all . . . the Bible – i.e. the Word of God was better unto me than thousands of gold and silver! [Psalm 119:72] I rejoiced at His Word “as one that had found great spoil.” [Psalm 119:162] They were to me as the Psalmist put it “More to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” [Psalm 19:10]
When I was young in the Lord, if there was portion of scripture I liked I would immediately work on committing it to memory. I would sit down and write out possible questions people may ask concerning my faith and write out the scriptures that answered them and memorize them . . . with the reference! “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer.” [Prov 15:28] And again – “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and BE READY always to GIVE AN ANSWER TO EVERY MAN that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with MEEKNESS AND FEAR.” [1Pet 3:15]
And in hearing the Word of God audibly my Sony Walkman played a big role. I had the complete Bible on cassette tape read by the renowned Alexander Scourby. For those who may not know, “Alexander Scourby was an accomplished Broadway actor, radio personality, narrator of many television documentaries, and a highly paid voice over talent for some of the largest United States corporations. His expressive way of narrating the Bible is more than just a narration, it was a performance of a lifetime. His narration of the Bible has been the most widely listened to narration of the Bible in the world and is still the most sought after narration on the market today.” – Ryan Mcguire. As far as diction, fluency, enunciation and feeling goes there is no comparison to Scourby’s reading of the KJV. It is the best there is!
Now with the coming of the Internet and the ‘Information Technology’ you don’t need a Sony Walkman or an audio cassette anymore. You can download the complete Audio Bible App right on your smartphone and listen to it anytime you please. I personally would recommend the ‘Tecarta KJV Audio Bible’ which is available both on the Apple and the Android Play store and it is FREE! You can either listen to it directly online or just download the Bible books you need onto your smartphone and listen to it even when you’re not connected to the Internet.
Back in those days and even to this day every time I am either in the kitchen cooking or doing some clean-up inside the house, there is always an Alexander Scourby’s Audio Bible playing, either on my Bluetooth player or I’m listening to it on my earpods. And though I may be physically involved in the cooking, my mind and spirit are tuned in to the reading of the Scriptures.
And here is a little tip if you want to REALLY get the Word into your system – when you are listening to the Audio Bible whether on your music system or on your mobile device and you are not doing any other work but just sitting on your couch or laying down in bed; open your Bible to that chapter either on your smartphone or a leather-bound printed Bible and FOLLOW ALONG AS IT IS BEING READ. This way both YOUR EYES AND YOUR EARS ARE SIMULTANEOUSLY WORKING to register the Word of God and you will be amazed as to how much more you will remember and retain.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee!” [Psalm 119:11]
The more you train and task your brain to remember and recollect, the sharper it will get in the course of time. When you lay down in bed at night before you retire, try to recollect some of the verses you read that day and try to quote it as close to the text as possible . . . and if you are not getting it right, don’t just roll over and go to sleep, but switch on your smartphone and open your Bible app and search for that verse using the key words. Almost all KJV Bible apps nowadays come with a decent ‘search engine’ . . . make good use of it and get it right!
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and IN HIS LAW DOTH HE MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT!
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper!” [Psalm 1:1-3]
Praise the Lord!