What’s the Big Deal About Memorizing Scripture?

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Memorizing the Bible can deepen our relationship with our Creator in so many ways.

Memorizing the Bible can deepen our relationship with our Creator.

That’s why the Bible says, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Ps. 119:11).

My daily Bible memorization has become one of the best ways God teaches me about Himself and about His will for me. But why and how do we memorize God’s Word?

Four Reasons I memorize the Bible:

  1. It helps me think about God’s Word all day long.

    “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Ps. 119:9).

    I don’t have time to read my Bible from dawn to dusk. So how do I ponder God’s Word all day? When I’m actively memorizing, those verses become the soundtrack to my life, and I can meditate on God’s law without having my Bible in front of me, like when I’m in the car, taking a shower, or walking to school.

  2. It helps me depend on God.

    “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matt. 6:34).

    When I struggle with anxiety, it’s usually because I’m not making space in my life to allow for God’s provision to fill me each and every day. Memorizing and reflecting on one verse every day connects me to Jesus every day. I can sit at His feet and hear His words before I confront the world.

  3. It increases my passion for God’s Word.

    Knowing portions of God’s Word by heart makes me more conscious of the beauty of His Word. I come across beautiful passages, amazing sermons, and applicable lessons in every single verse. When I feel the usefulness and beauty of the Bible, I’m more excited to dive deeper and read it more!
  4. It builds my arsenal to fight back against Satan’s lies.

    When Jesus was tempted by Satan at the beginning of His ministry (Matt. 4:1–11), He fought back using passages of Scripture that He had memorized. In a similar way, when I’m memorizing, I learn what God has to say about a variety of situations in my life, and I can fight Satan’s lies with God’s truth.

That’s the why of memorizing Scripture, but what about the how? Here’s how I do it.

How I Memorize the Bible

I would encourage you to get serious in the area of memorization by committing to memorizing an entire book of the Bible. It sounds monumental, but by memorizing a verse every day, it’s possible through God’s grace! If you’ve never memorized before, start with a chapter of the Bible, like Romans 8. Once you’ve mastered a chapter, move on to a smaller book, around 80 to 120 verses long. Pick a book you feel God speaking to you in specifically, and pray over your choice.

Here is the technique I use:

It works like this:

  • Start every day by reviewing the previous day’s verse ten times out loud from memory.
  • Then recite what you’ve memorized so far from memory.
  • To memorize a new verse, read it ten times out loud from your Bible, and then recite it ten times from memory.

This technique takes me no more than twenty minutes every night. Take courage! What will seem monumental when you start will get smaller when you focus on what God wants to speak into your life each day. Once you’ve memorized your first book, review it every week to keep it fresh in your heart and to keep yourself ready for battle!

We’d love to hear from you? Do you memorize the Bible? How do you do it?

SadieAbout Sadie: Sadie Van Vranken is a seventeen-year-old girl currently living in Morocco. Through all the ups and downs of living abroad, she clings to her Redeemer as her source of joy.

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