3 Benefits of Memorizing Scripture (and How to Begin!) May 14, 2024

It was David, the man after God’s own heart, who wrote, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). You may take an extended portion of Scripture to memorize, such as a chapter or a book. This certainly encourages you to see individual texts in their larger context. Memorizing Scripture topically enables you to target specific subjects or areas of life that need attention.
  1. Memorization is for meditation. Bible memory should not be to pride ourselves on how many verses we know! “Knowledge puffeth up” (1 Corinthians 8:1-2). Remember that the Word is to be hidden, not just in the intellect, but in the heart. When Scripture is committed to memory you can think on it at any time. We cannot always have an open Bible, but we can continually have an open heart.
  2. Memorization is for application. Scripture is not just for learning – it is for living. As we rehearse the Word it helps us to keep the will of God in view. Truth is to be known, believed, and obeyed. Consider each verse as another step in your walk with Jesus. Throughout the day you can apply God’s Word to your life.
  3. Memorization is for communication. It is impossible to quote Scripture you have never committed to memory! But if the Word is planted deeply in your heart, it can be put to good use. You can quote Scripture to yourself, to the tempter, and to others who need to hear truth. Bible truth is also the beginning point of effective prayer. Talk to God about what He is talking to you about!
Take a verse each day as your prayer prompter and allow the Word to lead you to a deeper communion with Christ.

Here are three practical steps for memorizing Scripture:

  1. Record the Bible text. Write it out.
  2. Read the Bible text aloud. In this way, your eyes, ears, mouth, and mind all work together to help you concentrate on each word.
  3. Repeat the Bible text. The secret to memorization is saturation!

Hide God’s Word in your heart and see what He will do in your heart and life!

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