us to have His Words and promises written in our hearts!
obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me. Psalm 119:8
Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 11:18-21;
Psalm 63: 1-8; 119: 9, 11, 72; Matthew
4:4; Philippians 3:10; Col. 3:16; 2
Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:21-25; 1 Peter 2:2; 3:15
We can come up with all kinds of reasons
why we should not or need not memorize Scripture. Perhaps, you are
saying or thinking, "I can't because I have a bad memory," or "I
just do not have time;" "I have tried this before and I could not do
it," or "why should I?", or "I am not a pastor or in
leadership." Someone told me once, "I do not need to because Jesus
told me I do not have to." I can tell you that I do have a bad memory, and
I certainly do not have the time while I pastor, travel, run an international
ministry, and then there is my precious new baby. And, I can also certainty
tell you that Jesus would never, ever tell you something that contradicts His
Yet, we are called
by God Himself, even commanded to learn, know, ponder on, and
memorize Scripture (Josh 1:8; Psalm 1; 15; Is. 8:12; 1 Peter 3: 13-22; 4:12)!
The way to spiritual
maturity and the glory of our reward is not in finding shortcuts,
but exercising temperance and commitment through learning, experience, and
It is a long and difficult
process (Acts 14:22; Rom. 2:7). The question is, How can you make memorizing Scripture a reality in your life? See
what God Himself has to say; read any or all of these passages below, and in
prayer, go over them and match them to these bullet points and ask Him how you
are doing with this.
How can a
young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. Psalm
for ease in memorizing is to simply select a short passage-a verse or two.
Pray, read it, and then read the chapter in an easy-to-understand translation
to see it in context. Then re-read your passage at least ten times in the translation
you are using, such as the KJV, NASB, NKJV, RSV, NIV or the ESV. Then, write it
out on a small card and re-read it at least ten times. Put it away for a few
hours or a day, then pick up the card and re-read it aloud several times. You
should have it memorized after a week! It does take a little effort, but it is
not as hard as most people think. There is no reason to dread or stress in
order to know God's Word.
simple basic plan:
- Select a short passage to memorize.
- Pray over it.
- Read it.
- Read the chapter to know its
- Re-read the passage at least
- Write it out on a small
- Go over your card at least
ten times, reading it out loud.
- Put it away and in a few
hours or a day, pick up the card and re-read it several times. In a few
days, you should have it memorized!
Now, to make it even easier
and more fun, do the above and also use a recording device such as a tape
recorder, MP3 recorder, or a smart parrot. This is what I do because I have a
terrible memory and learning disabilities I have had to overcome. So, for me,
this was the worst of the worst of my stress and dread, but I learned to do it
and have fun doing it. By the way, this is a phenomenal memorizing method for
any literature, notes, text, readings, etc. Read it, record it, and then play
it back anywhere you are-while driving, at the mall, or wherever. You can do
this with your notes, study material, information you have to memorize, even
terms and words for science, a foreign language, or math formulas. I have found
this one of the best ways to study, and it works!
key to memorization is this: STUDY! REVIEW! and PERSEVERE! Repetition is the
best way to engrave the verses into your mind.
hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm