Why should we memorize scripture?
We need to get serious about memorizing scripture. It’s an important part of getting ready for the Second Coming of Jesus. When the storm of persecution hits and begins to escalate, the time will come when our Bibles will be taken away from us. God’s Word is our most important weapon against the enemy. It will also keep us from falling and make us to stand until the end. Therefore we must store God’s Word in our heart.
And even without considering the crisis ahead, memorizing scripture is something that strengthens us both spiritually and mentally. God’s Word sanctifies: “Sanctify them by Your truth, Your Word is truth” (John 17:17). And the Word of God actually makes us wiser: “I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99). Our memory grows and improves as we stretch it though active memorization, especially of scripture.
Finally, we are told that the Holy Spirit will bring to our remembrance that which we knew but can’t recall. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26). However, He can’t bring to our remembrance that which we never learned.
Techniques that work best for me
When I’m studying the Bible I like to copy scriptures in my notebook, like the ancient scribes used to do. This helps embed the Word in my mind, although that isn’t enough for memorization, unless I copy it a number of times.
Many people use index cards that they carry around with them. I did that for a while and it’s very effective. They’re great to take with you anywhere so that your mind can be spiritually engaged while you’re waiting in line at the supermarket or even while driving. Keep your eyes on the road please and only look at the card while your car is standing still!
The whiteboard technique is the one I’m finding works great for me right now. My days are so busy that I don’t really have time to even look at the index cards and often forget to carry them.
Not too long ago I acquired a white board for a completely different purpose, and suddenly it occurred to me to use it to memorize scripture. It’s easy to move around with you around the house as you station yourself in another room, and much easier to visualize while you’re multi-tasking. Let’s face it, it’s a sad reality but we multi-task most of the time. I find that having the white board in front of me while doing “mindless” activities like washing dishes, cooking, cleaning and even getting ready for the day helps me to leverage that time better.
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11).
Listening to the Word of God
And for those of you who’ve never tried it, download an audio Bible for your phone or buy a good one on CD that you can listen to when you don’t have time to sit and read or when you’re driving. Alexander Scourby’s is my absolute favorite audio Bible. There’s a new app available for it that I want to try, recommend that you check out his beautiful audio rendition of God’s Word: http://www.scourby.com.
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).
What Works Best for You?
I’d love to hear what works best for you. You may be using techniques I’m not familiar with or may have comments to share to inspire all of us to study more diligently. Please share your comments or questions below.