Tips for Scripture Memorization
Reading and studying Scripture helps open me up to hearing God’s voice. One tool that many Christians across the centuries have used to experience the daily presence of God is Scripture memorization. God asks us to, “Fix these words of Mine in your hearts and minds ….” Deuteronomy 11:18 (NIV).
- WHEN TO MEMORIZE A VERSE
- During your personal Quiet Time.
- During our Sunday gatherings. Each lesson series has a Focus Verse that we recite together as a Church Family each Sunday. This is intended to help us memorize the verse and thus fix the concept in our hearts and minds.
- Any unoccupied time. For example, during your break at work, at lunch time, while waiting for an appointment, while exercising.
- HOW TO MEMORIZE A VERSE
- Pick a verse that speaks to you.
- Say the reference before and after the verse. For example: “I Timothy 4:7. Take the time and trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit. I Timothy 4:7.”
- Read the verse aloud many times.
- Break the verse into natural phrases.
- Write the words on a card and put it in a conspicuous place, e.g. on the visor in your car, on your desk at work, as your screen saver.
- Always memorize the verse word perfect.
- Enlist the help of a family member, friend or a LIFE Group member.
- Try to memorize one verse a week.
Think about it this way – we remember what is IMPORTANT TO US. Many of us have incredible memorization skills when it comes to naming that tune, sports trivia or historical data. Can you imagine how much farther along we could be in our spiritual journey if we focused our memorization skills on God’s Word? Psalm 119:72 (NLT) says, “Your law is more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver!” Is that true for us?
I pray that God’s Word will remain in you throughout today, bringing you hope, blessing and purpose.