Scripture memorization - 8 reasons and 8 tips
8 good reasons to memorize scripture:
- Memorizing Scripture makes meditation possible at times when I can’t be reading the Bible, and meditation is the pathway of deeper understanding.
- Memorizing Scripture strengthens my faith because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ, and that happens when I am hearing the word in my head.
- Memorizing Scripture shapes the way I view the world by conforming my mind to God’s viewpoint.
- Memorizing Scripture makes God’s word more readily accessible for overcoming temptation to sin, because God’s warnings and promises are the way we conquer the deceitful promises of sin.
- Memorizing Scripture guards my mind by making it easier to detect error—and the world is filled with error, since the god of this world is a liar.
- Memorizing Scripture enables me to hit the devil in the face with a force he cannot resist, and so protect myself and my family from his assaults.
- Memorizing Scripture provides the strongest and sweetest words for ministering to others in need.
- Memorizing Scripture provides the matrix for fellowship with Jesus because he talks to me through his word, and I talk to him in prayer.
From John Piper sermon 'If My Words Abide in You' (a must watch/listen!)
1. Pick a version - It's probably best to settle on a version of the bible you are going to use consistently and are comfortable with.
2. Pick a bible - Use the same actual bible when memorising particular verses or passages. The form and structure of the words on the page will help you visualize it better.
3. Mark it - Use a higlighter or pen and highlight keywords, patterns or conclusions. This will also work as a visual aid when recalling.
4. Write it down - Whether it's copying from the bible when learning it or from memory when recalling it, writing it down a few times will help.
5. Multiple copies - make a few copies of the passage on notes or post-its and place them strategically - bedside table, bathroom mirror, fridge, in your bible, in your car. Then you can be memorizing throughout the day.
6. Repetition - say it over and over again in your head as you go about your day - out walking, driving, washing the dishes, drying your hands...everywhere!
7. Accountability - Get your wife, husband, mum, dad, friend or anybody to listen and correct you as you recite to them.
8. Regular recall - Once you've learned it, you'll need to quickly recite it in your mind every so often to keep it in there.
9. Get an App - There are a few apps out there to help with memorization. The best of these I have seen is the Fighter Verses App for iPad/iPhone or Android, which provides a number of tools to help with memorization.