Updated: Jan 26
One of my goals this year is to commit more Bible verses to memory. As a child I used to learn a handful of verses every three months to recite at church with the other kids. It's amazing what you remember! The older I got, the less I learnt (,which is ironic considering the older I get the more I want to know.)
Psalm 119:11 - Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
What Is Scripture Memorisation?
It's simply committing Bible verses to memory.
Why Should I Start Memorising Scripture?
1. Because God's Word is More Important Than Everything Else
We spend so much time remembering our friends birthdays, information that helps us on our career path, our passwords and work tasks and yet all these things mean nothing without God. If we love God so much and believe He is who He says He is, memorising Scripture shows our love for Him and also that we care about what He says.
2. To Help Us Through The Day
No matter what you're going through there's a Scripture for that! Sometimes we just need a Word from God but don't know where to search. When you commit Scripture to memory God can bring to the forefront of your mind what you need at the right time. Also note, if its not put there, God can't remind you of it.
3. So We Don't Sin Against God
In order to not sin against God we need to know what He says so hiding His Word in our hearts is one way to do that.
4. To Add A New Dimension To Our Worship
Scripture memorisation is another form of worship. It can be fun and challenging and it adds creativity to your daily routine.
5. To Rely Less On Our Physical Bible
We may not always have a Bible to hand, but God's Word should always be on our lips. What better way to accomplish this than by committing Scripture to memory. We are so fortunate to actually have physical and digital Bibles to hand that are so accessible to us. In the dark ages the word of God was hidden and only those who had committed it to memory knew what it said. There are many occasions in history where Bibles were removed from society and the only way to preserve it was to learn it! Check out the Waldenses.
What Tips Do You Have On How To Start Memorising Scripture?
Make it fun - it might sound like something boring at first but if you make it enjoyable it will be something you end up loving.
Play to your learning style - We all learn differently - visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinaesthetic. Take a learning style quiz to find out how you learn. Try a few methods to see what works best for you.
Set a goal - be realistic and set a goal it might be a verse every month or even week but set the goal and stick to it.
Memorise with friends - Accountability always helps so ask a friend to learn with you and challenge each other to do your best.
How To Memorising Scripture Using My Learning Style
Write the verse out several times, try using colours, pictures and symbols to help you along the way. Also try Bible Memory apps if you prefer the digital option.
Write a song, record it and play it back to yourself every morning. If music isn't your thing just record yourself reading the verse and play it on repeat.
Make a note on your phone of the Bible verse you want to learn and read through it several times in the day. A Bible Memory App might also be a great help here too.
Write the verse out several times a day until you can do it without copying. Once again Bible Apps can help with that.
Make a dance or actions while you repeat the verse aloud. Alternatively choose a specific location and use one of the methods above in that same location every day.
Try A Combination Of The Above
There's no right or wrong way to memorise Scripture, so test a few methods and see what works best for you.
Easy Bible Verses To Start Memorising Today
Here are a few verses that will be easy for you to start with as you get the hang of memorising Scripture. Remember it takes 21 days to build a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle so if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.
The Lord be with you all.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks
about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 5:8
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.
Will you join us in memorising Scripture with us this year?
What Bible verse would you like to start with and why? Let us know in the comments below.