Time to Memorize Scripture

Time to Memorize Scripture

I’m often involved in discussions about the memorization of Bible verses.  The most frequent comment I hear is, “I don’t have time to memorize scripture.”    I can sympathize; I know how it feels to live an overstuffed life.  When our days are filled with rushing from one activity to another it can seem impossible to cram another thing in.  There are two simple techniques which can be added to even the most hurried daily life.  I call these techniques the Stop Light Quiz and the Bedtime Review.

To do the Stop Light Quiz, jot down two or three verses that you’d like to memorize; then store them in your car.  Review your flash cards the first time you get in the car that day.  Each time you are stopped in your car after that, turn off the radio and say your verses out loud.  Use your flash cards to check your progress.  Please, only do this when the car is stopped, the goal is to learn safely!

The Bedtime Review works exactly as it sounds.  As you lie down to sleep, when your mind is spinning with plans for tomorrow, deliberately set those thoughts aside.   Rehearse in your mind as many of your memorized verses that you can remember – including the chapter and verse reference.   This will help you retain verses you’ve memorized in the past as well as solidify those verses you are currently learning.  As an added bonus, it will direct your mind to a more peaceful subject than your “To Do” list.  Focusing on God’s Word is a great way to relax, preparing the mind for restful sleep.

Hopefully these suggestions will help, and even generate other ideas for creative ways to fit practice time into daily life. However you go about it, the effort is well worth it.  Imagine how happy our Lord must be when he sees us taking delight in His Word.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. – Psalm 1:1-2 (NKJV)