How can I memorize Scripture?
Memorization of Scripture equips you for daily meditation on God’s Word. It makes meditation possible anywhere, anytime—not just when it’s convenient to pull out a Bible.
Since memorization of Scripture requires a significant investment of time and effort, some conclude that simply reading and studying the Bible is sufficient. However, God promises special blessings to those who meditate on His Word day and night, an activity that is made possible through the discipline of memorization.
- “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
- In Psalm 1, a man who is blessed by God is described in this way: “His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (verse 2).
- “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11.)
Ask Someone to Hold You Accountable
If you make a commitment to memorize Scripture on a consistent basis, ask someone to hold you accountable to keep your commitment. Choose someone whom you do not want to disappoint, and set a time each week when you will quote to him the verses you have memorized that week.
It is usually best to recruit an accountability partner who is not a family member. When you experience special pressures, family members will be aware of those and may assume that you were unable to do your memory work that week. However, if you are accountable to someone outside your family, he will expect to hear you quote your Scripture verses regardless of what excuses may arise.
Accountability will help you make Scripture memorization a priority in your life.
Look for Time to Memorize Scripture
Most people have more time for memory work than they realize they have. Here are a few suggestions to consider as you find time to memorize. (See Ephesians 5:15–16.)
- Write your memory verses on 3 x 5 cards.
- Tape the cards in key places in your home to remind you to memorize and meditate on those verses.
- Carry the cards with you in your purse or wallet. As you wait for appointments, stand in line, ride the bus, or do similar activities, make the most of your time.
- Make an audio recording of your verses. Listen to it as you ride to work or travel elsewhere during the day.
- Listen to recorded Scripture as you do other tasks.
- Be alert to other opportunities to use your time wisely by memorizing Scripture.
Use a Practical Method to Memorize Scripture
Just as there are various methods of exercise, there are also various ways to memorize a passage. The following suggestions may be helpful to you as you memorize a verse at a time, using pen and paper as tools.
- Write out the passage, printing one idea, or thought, per line.
- Indent ideas that support the main thought.
- Highlight key words.
- Make the first letter of some lines bold.
- Underline key words or phrases.
- Draw boxes around words or phrases that you tend to forget.
- If you still forget key words, enlarge them in the boxes.
When you have memorized the passage, take the next step toward meditation by asking key questions about the passage. Learn more >>