Practical Tips on How to Memorize Scripture

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Verse Choices

Choose verses that are impacting your heart right now. During your normal study of Scripture or while listening to a sermon, be on the lookout for good verses to memorize, and write them down!

Luke 24:32,

“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”

Read the context

Before you set to memorize a verse, go to the verse in con-text to make sure you know what it is actually saying.

2 Timothy 3:16-17,

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

Note Cards

Make verse cards and place them in areas of your house or workplace that you will notice: on the bathroom mirror, in your living room, on your refrigerator, etc. Some people even memorize Scripture in the shower! When we post verses all around our house we are able to more frequently meditate on God’s word which helps us renew our minds.

Deuteronomy 6:9,

“And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”

Pray

Pray to God for help, for guidance, for understanding, for a deeper love for His Word.

Psalm 119:33,

“Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.”

Put it to song

rnGetting a song stuck in your head is proof that music is a powerful tool to help memorization. That is why putting the Bible to song or listening to music filled with Biblical lyrics is a useful way to internalize the Word of God.rnrnPsalm 89:1, “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.”rn

Read out loud / Write it out

Reading out loud is a common tip on how to best memorize. It is one of the methods for memorization that works the best because it combines two learning styles (visual and auditory). Writing out the Scriptures is another great way to memorize verses because it targets two learning styles as well (visual and tactile).

Joshua 1:8,

“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.”

Morning and Night

rnSay the verse first thing in the morning and again just before bedtime. Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”rn

Memorize the Reference

Memorizing the reference helps in your own personal study and while sharing with others.

1 Peter 3:15,

“But 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.”

Walk

The rhythm of walking while reciting can help to cement the verse in your mind. You can say scripture out loud while pacing back and forth in your house or while taking a walk in the great outdoors!

Deuteronomy 6:6-7,

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

Apply It

Think about how you can apply the verse to your life and then pray for God’s help in applying it.

James 1:22,

“But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

Review

Use it or lose it! If you don’t keep Scripture fresh in your mind, it may be easy to lose! Plan to review what you memorize from time to time to keep God’s Word fresh in your life.

Psalm 119:11,

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Partner Up

Covenant together with a Christian friend or spouse to hold each other accountable in pursuing your scripture memorization goals.

Proverbs 27:17,

“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”