I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. —Psalm 119:11
We memorize all the time. We memorize people’s names, directions to places we frequent, passwords, credit card numbers, and phone numbers. How? We remember information that’s important to us or that we frequently use or repeat. Scripture memorization is no different. It requires motivation and regular, systematic review.
If you haven’t memorized Scripture before, start with small portions, perhaps one or two verses a week. Select verses that relate to specific concerns or needs in your life. You may want to write out the verses on a card that you can keep with you and review several times a day. Reviewing Scripture before going to sleep at night is one of the best ways to reinforce it in your memory.
Once you’ve mastered a verse or a paragraph, go on to the next, but review daily the verses you have memorized most recently. You may find it helpful to memorize with a partner so that you can encourage each other and check up on each other’s verses on a regular basis.
Make it Personal
What challenges do you face in memorizing Scripture? How can you overcome those challenges?