Want more of Gods’ Word in your heart and on your mind?
Take the challenge!
In the summer of 2020 I watched a YouTube video about Bible memorization. The memorization of entire books of the Bible to be exact. I was very impressed and inspired. The bible teacher was Susan J. Heck, and she has memorized the entire New Testament. She started her bible memorization in college. Her husband has memorized the entire Bible!
It gave new meaning to the verse in Psalm 119:
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalm 119:11 KJV
The word hid implies to treasure and store up. While heart refers to the inner man, mind, will, heart, and understanding.
Thy word have I treasured and stored up in my mind that I might not sin against thee.
That sounds a lot like memorizing to me.
Meditate on the Word of God
Last year Gina wrote a post about Acceptable Meditation. One of the ways we can meditate is to mutter under our breath. What should we meditate or mutter on? God’s Word.
If we have entire passages of His Word committed to memory, we can meditate on His Word instead of entertaining worry and non-productive thoughts.
Study, Understand, and Teach
Memorizing just for the sake of memorizing will not get you much. We need to know and understand the verses and passages we store up in our hearts. The children of Israel were commanded to bind His word on their hearts and teach them to their children and grandchildren speaking about it all the time.
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as reminders on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, speaking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates, so that as long as the heavens are above the earth, your days and those of your children may be multiplied in the land that the LORD swore to give your fathers.
You Can Do This
You probably already have a couple passages committed to memory (The 23rd Psalm, The Lord’s Prayer) as well as several other verses you have locked away since Vacation Bible School. If not, these two passages would be a great place to start.
If memorizing an entire book of the bible seems too daunting, start with individual Psalms or Proverbs. There are several books (epistles) in the New Testament that are very short.
Below are links to the YouTube video by Susan Heck mentioned above as well as other sites with tips and techniques for memorizing scripture.
The link below contain helpful information and techniques regarding scripture memorization and were added after the original publication of this page.
The Value of Memorizing Scripture – YouTube
Take the Challenge
We don’t know what the future holds. We do know that having the Word of God stored up in our hearts will all ways be a benefit in any situation.
Start this week, select a verse, chapter, book to memorize. Select a technique. Work on it everyday. What a great way to end your daily devotional time by storing up His Word.
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Originally posted January 1, 2021
Updated January 24, 2021 to add two scripture memory related videos
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