This week, I’ve been talking a fair bit about memorizing Scripture. Sunday I mentioned that I’d lost a book that I’d memorized. Monday, I shared that I was surprised to find that I actually did have some of it still locked away in my mind after all. This gave me a bit of hope that maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to bring the rest of it back.
Maybe you’re like me. You’ve memorized some Scripture in the past and it’s become fuzzy. Or maybe you’ve never really tried and want to. Today, I want to share three tricks1 to help you memorize a verse of Scripture, and, Lord willing, keep it.
Use music. Music is inherently “sticky”. It gets into your head and it’s hard to get it out (as anyone who has heard Toto’s “Africa” might know). And there are already some pretty fantastic tools out there to help you use music to memorize portions of the Bible. The Rizers albums are really helpful for this and are ideal for listening to with kids. The Verses Project is a terrific tool to help you memorize passages of Scripture because you have the combination of visual art and music together.
Write it down by hand. I’m not kidding. Writing down the words in a notebook, by hand, is tremendously helpful. Memorizing Scripture is a holistic discipline. It’s not just a matter of reading or of hearing. Those make a huge difference, but you should write down the verses, as well. Let your mind focus on the words as you write them (and not in a hoobity-boobity kind of way). “Own” the words by writing them by hand.
Read the Bible always, use your voice when memorizing. I’ve read my son almost every Elephant and Piggie book. Multiple times. And because of this, I can probably recite significant portions of several of them.2 While you might not be as comfortable doing this as the parent of young children, it is a helpful device for memorizing. You’re only hearing the Word, but you’re hearing it in your own voice. It’s pretty powerful and effective.
So those are three tricks to get you started. Have some other helpful ideas? Let me know on the social medias!