One life lesson imparted to me early on, but emphasized especially starting in junior high, was the importance and value of Scripture memory. The effort and time investment reap rewards far greater than any monetary returns could ever offer. The Psalmist clued me in to the need for memorizing God’s Word: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.” (Psalms 119:9-11 NASB; emphasis added)
19. Treasured in My Heart.
Memorization isn’t always an easy task. I’ve had a mix of easier and harder times. But I can say without a doubt it’s worthwhile. And it’s commanded and expected of Christians.
Practically speaking, what if our access to the Bible is completely removed? How will we be able to know God more and learn about His character without His written revelation to us? Just something to ponder.
One of the best ways to memorize is in a community of like-minded, motivated, and committed individuals. This is a powerful way to fellowship, participate in discipleship, receive biblical guidance, share in the blessing of knowing & growing in Christ together, and sacrificially love and serve others.
My memorization community has morphed over the years, but it has included aspects like competitive Bible quizzing, Bible studies and home fellowship groups, and discipleship programs.
When I started Bible quizzing in junior high at my church, our teams would memorize a different New Testament book each season. My first epistle was Philippians. It has been one of my favorite letters ever since.
What happens if you don’t have a community yet? (Or maybe you do, but you need other resources to help the verses stick.) Having reminders on flash cards, office art, computer & phone wallpaper, texts from friends, and emailed daily devotionals are all useful resources for cementing God’s Word in your heart.
John Piper wrote an article that lists 6 reasons why memorization is beneficial and necessary. One that stood out to me was #1: Conformity to Christ. He said:
“Bible memorization has the effect of making our gaze on Jesus steadier and clearer.”
In a noisy world, I need this help to gain clarity and focus.
I found other helpful resources that outline benefits and tips for Scripture memory:
- 10 Biblical Reasons to Memorize Scripture
- Bible Verses, Resources, and Helps for Scripture Memory
- 10 Practical Tips for Memorizing Scripture
- 7 Benefits of Systematic Long-Term Scripture Memorization
Chris Brauns (from the “7 Benefits” article above) highlighted the impact of a short, dedicated, daily focus on memorization:
“Memorize Scripture for 15 minutes each day, five days a week, for two decades, and you will have devoted 1,300 hours to [systematic long-term Scripture memorization].”
I can’t play the “I don’t have time” card anymore. I must set reasonable goals, stay faithful to daily effort, and pray for God to bless and produce fruit through the pursuit.
Friends have recommended two apps that have immensely helped my memorization endeavors of late. Check them out below:
Do you treasure God’s Word by devoting your life to hiding it in your heart and sharing it with others?