Recently with our Sunday School teachers, I covered the topic of ‘The Value of Memorizing Scripture.’ Among other thoughts, we considered:
The Importance of Memorizing…
- The Bible keeps us from sin! Psalm 119:11
- Memorized Scripture will come to our rescue when we sin. Psalm 119:9
- The Bible enables us to become effective Christians. Ephesians 6:17
- The Bible nurtures our growth in Christ. 1 Peter 2:2
- Scripture memory improves our prayer life. John 15:7
The Importance of Understanding…
- Sometimes we need to memorize something before we understand it.
- But to understand it first, aids in memorizing and motivates us to retain it.
- This is what Paul told the Corinthians. 1 Corinthians 14:19
- Memorize or Understand? We can do both!
The Methods of Memorizing…
- The basic method is ‘repetition and review’.
- The ability is enhanced by understanding it.
- Based on an unscientific survey from responses on my FB re. methods of memorizing, the following were offered…
- Put it to music, use hand motions, ASL.
- Repeat it over and over.
- Use it often.
- Say the reference ‘Fore and Aft’ – learned that from ‘The Navigators’.
- Word of Life memory packs to learn and review.
- Dady Memory System (series of packets for reviewing – daily, weekly, monthly, etc.)
- Memorize whole chapters or books to encourage meditating in context.
- Write it on your arm to refer to often or on a whiteboard to memorize and review while working out.
- “There’s an app for that!” I particularly like Scripture Typer.
The underlying method of all these is the basic method: repetition and review. SO… what is your goal/pattern? Memorize the ones your kids are in a school Bible class, a Bible club program at church or the one you’re leading? (My pattern – helps to encourage them and they hold me accountable!) A verse every week, every month? I want to encourage you to pick a goal and ask someone to hold you accountable… at least for awhile. We all know we should change the oil in the car on a regular basis, we should see the dentist twice a year, we should exercise or take a walk on a regular basis. But don’t wait until your teeth fall out, your car breaks down and you get that first walk to the dentist office! Neither wait until your heart is breaking or your friend needs uplifting or you’re overwhelmed by sin before you start memorizing the Book of books, the Word of God, the wonderful words of life!
One final thought – to commit to memorizing is good, to understand what you’re memorizing is better, but to commit to obey is best.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8.
Think about it.