Scripture is God’s little gift to us that we often refuse to open. We look at it, admire it, and even talk about it with fondness. But we tend to leave it all nicely packaged and put together in our eyesight but rarely within our heart. Often we struggle with motivation and understanding WHY we NEED to read scripture much less memorize scripture.
However, unwrapping the scripture and putting it in our hearts is exactly what God asks us to do as we learn to walk in obedience with Him. To learn more about why God tells us to do this, start with this post.
What Scripture says about Memorizing Verses
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” -Psalm 119:11
Struggling with sin? God’s Word tells us the antidote is to store up His Word in our hearts.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17
Want to gain knowledge and walk in righteousness? According to this verse, the way to do that is through God’s Word.
The scripture is pretty clear that as we walk with God, we desperately need His Word in the forefront of our minds. One of the best ways to know God’s Word better is to memorize it.
4 Quick Tips to Help You Memorize Scripture
First, pick your scripture.
You can use your Bible concordance or an app like Fighter Verses to help you pick verses. It doesn’t matter how you choose your verse, just choose one.
Second, find a way to keep the verse in your line of sight at various times throughout the day.
Use the Fighter Verses app for a lock-screen image for your phone, design your own image on Wordswag, or write the verse someplace visible so you are reminded of it often. Armed with Truth also has temporary tattoos of verses and is a fun way to keep scripture in front of you.
Third, practice, practice, practice.
Scripture Typer is a great website and app to help you practice. Writing it down is extremely helpful as well. In addition, say it aloud to help cement it into your mind.
Forth, celebrate your victory!
Once you reach your goal, celebrate and thank the Lord for helping you hide His Word in your heart. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you start with one verse or 14 verses; celebrate that you are starting the journey of hiding God’s Word in your heart.
Memorizing God’s word is more important than we often want to admit, and more beneficial to our spiritual walk than we could ever imagine. Start small, work at it often, and celebrate every tiny victory you have along the way because every single word of God that you hide in your heart is useful to you. Promise.