Sometimes I walk into the kitchen and completely forget why I made the trip. The older I get the more I lean on God to refresh my memory. With 12-character passwords, countless meetings, playdates, anniversaries, birthdays, social events, and everything in between the last thing we want to add to our plate is memorizing anything. But what if I told you that memorizing scripture changes your life? It’s true. It does and it will. Hear me out. I am not talking about surface memorization like memorizing your third-grade spelling words for the big test on Friday. Think knowing God’s Word so well it is etched on your heart and it flows from your mouth.
Scripture tells us in Proverbs 7:2-3 to “keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablets of your heart.” Imagine in every moment of your life, from trial to triumph, you have God’s Word at the ready to speak over your life. That’s what having His words on the tablets of your heart does for you. Memorizing scripture prepares you to speak God’s truth over your entire life and the lives of others.
For a considerable amount of time in my life, I tried to memorize the scriptures I saw on journal covers, on the decor at Hobby Lobby, and on those tiny little embroidery hoops on display. But they just did not stick. I wanted to be able to recite scripture like my mother. I wanted to be just like my mom in that way. She could tell you the chapter and verse of scripture before the pastor could finish. She was so swift that she could finish reciting the verse before you could flip to it in the Bible. I thought that was so cool. She did not need the index. She knew the Bible. She knew more than where to find words in scripture. She knew the meaning. It seemed effortless for her, and for onlookers it was effortless. However, at that time I did not know what it took for her to get there. I was not with her in her prayer closet or in every moment she stayed awake with her Bible and searched for the context. This was long before Bible apps and Google. She spent time in the Word mulling over His truths until it was embossed on her heart and secured to her memory. Her walk encouraged me to pursue my own personal relationship with Christ. She walked 1 Thessalonians 5:16 “Rejoice always.” When I look at her life in full scope, I see how she could. You will only ever know that God is good when you know God. She knew Him. She knew God because she spent time in His Word. She could rejoice always because of His words. His encouraging, uplifting, enlightening truth that which she knew so well, she would recite verbatim.
At this point, you are ready to dive in, right? Here are some practical steps for memorizing scripture.
Pour in the same energy, enthusiasm, excitement, and intentionality you have when you cultivate new friendships into intimate time with the Lord to learn His Words and His ways. I needed Him to know when and what I did not understand and I needed Him to guide me. He can and will do the same for you. In those moments, He reveals the depths of His words with an understanding that we could not have uncovered on our own. Spending time in God’s Word and memorizing scripture will change you. The more time you send in His Word refreshes you, prepares you, and equips you for life. Memorizing scripture: