Memorizing whole chapters and books of the Bible has many benefits. Memorizing single verses, while helpful, can often take the verse out of context and be misunderstood. There are a lot of great resources out there for aiding in Scripture memory. One that I find incredibly useful is ScriptureTyper. But when memorizing Scripture it is important to be doing it not just as a rote exercise, but to actually be thinking about what it is these verses are saying.
- In memorizing Scripture, we are putting God’s truth into our minds and hearts. As we go about our day, it becomes a useful tool in shaping our attitudes and actions. For example, in the book of Philippians there are some very practical exhortations such as “Do everything without complaining or arguing,” and “Do not be anxious about anything,” as well as “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourselves.” (NIV84) When something irritates us and we start to complain, the reminder that we are to do everything without complaining helps us to stop and re-evaluate our words. When someone is talking to us and going on about something in their lives that we aren’t that interested in, instead of thinking about what we’ll say next, we can remember that we are to consider others better than ourselves and not be selfish in monopolizing the conversation about our own needs. These tools help us to grow in our Christian walk to become more like Christ.
- Another benefit of Scripture memory is when having trouble falling asleep, we can recite our memory verses in our head as a way to pass the time until we drift off. Much more productive than counting sheep! 🙂
- Knowing Scripture helps us to pray as well. We can use the Scripture we have memorized to pray for others, as well as ourselves. Using the prayers that are already in the Bible is one way to do this. For example, Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3: “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being…” (ESV) What a great way to pray for our friends and family! We can also just use Scripture that isn’t specifically a prayer to pray also, such as using the above Philippians verses in a prayer: “Lord, help me to do everything without complaining or arguing. Help me to not be anxious about anything.” Etc.
What other benefits have you found from memorizing Scripture?
Where to Begin – also read Janet Pope’s book His Word in My Heart
10 Tips for Memorizing a Bible Chapter
How to Memorize Scripture
Four Tips for Scripture Memory
10 Practical Tips for Memorizing Scripture
4 Tips for Memorizing God’s Word
Bible Memorization Methods
More links (as always, use discernment with any website or blog and compare what they are saying with Scripture)