10 Reasons Why I Memorize Scripture

For the longest time I was content memorizing a verse here or there, with no real goals and no real drive to hide more of His Word in my heart. I guess I figured if I wanted to know what a verse said, I could just look it up in my Bible. But over the last year or so the Lord has lit a fire in me to move past a familiarity of His Word to actually knowing what the Bible says by memorizing it.
Considering all the time and diligence it takes to successfully memorize a passage, I asked myself what drives me to memorize Scripture? Why do I have an insatiable desire to hide as much of God’s Word in my heart as I can while I'm on this side of heaven?

Here is why I love memorizing Scripture and can’t imagine my life without it:


1. I notice and takeaway so much more from a passage that I memorize than had I simply read that same passage or answered 3-8 Bible study questions about it. It's like when I go through a walk through my neighborhood verses driving through it. When I am driving through it, I am able to see some of the beauty in my neighborhood, but I miss the details of the amazing flowers, plants, and trees that I drive by. When I memorize Scripture, I notice so much more about the passage I'm memorizing just as I notice so much more of the beauty in my neighborhood when slow down and  walk through it verses just driving through it.

2. Memorizing Scripture is transforming my prayer life. I remember a time in my life when the thought of praying more than ten minutes in one sitting seemed impossible. What could I possibly pray about beyond that? After praying a few basic prayers, I was at a loss for words.

Now, with each verse I hide in my heart, I have something new I can pray about. For instance, when I was memorizing psalm 103 and had a migraine I prayed:
“Lord You are the one who heals all our diseases. (Psalm 1:3) Any time I have ever gotten better it is only because of You. If it be Your will, please heal me now of this migraine. I thank You, You don’t withhold good from me. So as long as I am suffering with this migraine, I thank you for the good You have for me within it.  Lord, I thank you for the good I can see in it already: that it’s 1:30 in the morning, and my little girl is asleep, so I can just lay here and rest until she wakes up at 6:00am. Please, please take this migraine away before then, so I can be the mom she needs me to be, and help me to feel refreshed in the morning with whatever sleep I get between now and then. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.”
Praise the Lord, God answered that prayer just as I had prayed! When I woke up 4 ½ hours later at the sound of my 3 ½ year old’s  beautiful singing voice, I was relieved and overjoyed that I felt good as new! No migraine. No tiredness. God is so faithful!

3. Memorizing Scripture helps me obey the commands in Deuteronomy to talk to my daughter about God all throughout the day because it gives me more things about the Bible to talk about with her.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. (Deut. 6:6-7)

“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. (Deut 11:18-19)
I remember thinking “How am I going to have enough to talk about so I'm not saying the same Bible truths, and the same Bible stories day after day? But I’ve found as I memorize new verses, truths about God jump out at me and now I have something new and exciting to share. For instance, when I was memorizing John 1:1-14, and got to John 1:3 it was the first time I had ever seen Jesus as Creator. I always believed He is God, but had always attributed creation to God the Father. So it was neat to share with my girl, “Did you know that all things were made through Jesus, and without Him, nothing was made that was made? Every person, plant, animal, etc. you see is here because Jesus made it. And without Him, none of it would be here.”

4. I learn things about God and His Word I never realized before. Like Jesus as Creator (John 1:3), the progression of sin (Psalm 1:1) or the depths of Gods mercy revealed in Psalm 103.

5. Complex passages and verses become much more clear and understandable the longer I meditate on a passage and consider what is being communicated. John 1:1-14 had a lot of deep verses that just reading through I had a hard time understanding exactly what was being said. However, over the seven weeks that it took to memorize it, each weeks message became more and more clear. Now that I review it daily, just saying it once through, I not only can say the verses word-for-word, but I now know the meaning and message communicated in these verses. This reason is one of the main reasons why I am motivated to memorize Scripture. It’s like a light has been turned on in my understanding of the Scriptures I memorize. I love it!

6. Memorizing Scripture makes me a more effective teacher to my daughter in teaching her how to memorize her own Bible verses. (And also how to keep them hidden in her heart.) Not only does it help me teach her how to memorize her verses, but as she sees me practice and recite my own memory verses she is encouraged and excited to memorize her own verses. It is so cute listening to my almost 4-year-old cheer me on when I finish reciting my verses, as she beams, “Good job, Mom! Give me a high five! I’m going to make you a chart and put a star on it!”

7. Memorizing Scripture enables me to remember passages of the Bible I otherwise would forget had I simply read through a passage. I memorize because I have a bad memory. Sounds ironic, doesn't it? But it's true. I can read a passage during my morning devotions, or even Sunday at church, and if asked what I read, I’m hard pressed to give a decent answer. For me, I don’t retain a lot of what I read in my Bible, if I’m just reading it. However, when I memorize a passage, I can tell you exactly what that passage says. It moves me past being familiar with what a passage says to being certain of what it says.

8. It gives me something edifying to dwell on throughout each day. God calls us to dwell on “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil 4:8

With the daily decisions, disappointments, and discouragements that pop up each day, despite these things that have the potential to burden or overwhelm, focusing my thoughts on a memory verse throughout my day encourages me and equips me for whatever the day may bring.

9. Memorizing Scripture helps me better discern what’s true and what’s not, so I am not as susceptible to being deceived.  This was Eve’s problem in Genesis 3. She did not really know what God said. She had a familiarity. She knew the gist. God never said she could not touch the fruit. (Genesis 3:3) He simply said not to eat it. (Genesis 2:16-17)  Had she memorized what God had commanded, she would have known exactly what God said, and why He said it “on that day, you shall surely die” and would have been able to, with full confidence, counter the serpent’s lie with the truth. Which leads me to my final reason I love memorizing Scripture…

10. It gives me verses and truths I can use to counter temptation when it comes. (Eph. 6:11, 17) When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus countered, and overcame, every temptation thrown His way with Scripture. (Matthew 4:1-11) If you know what tempts you, any areas of weakness, I recommend seeing what the Bible says about that area and using those verses to fight off temptations when you are faced with them. For me, when I am tempted to worry I can rest in the promise that God will provide whatever I may need. (Philippians 4:19)  

Questions for you: Why do you memorize Scripture? How have you been blessed by memorizing Scripture?

 
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32 comments:

  1. Brooke, I have in the past but I want to actively work on memorizing more. Your reasons posted are but a few. The more I study the Word the more I want it to be written on my heart. You are making the longing resurface...

    Thanks for a great post. I'm visiting from 5 Minute Friday.

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    1. Dana, I'm so glad you're longing to get back to memorizing. I love how you said, "The more I study the Word the more I want it to be written on my heart." Beautifully said! God bless you richly as you seek to hide His Word in your heart!

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  2. Love these points, Brooke! I find #1 & #5 to be especially true for me. Memorizing Scripture truly helps us "know" it more intimately, and have it written more indelibly on our hearts.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Knowing God's Word more intimately is a huge motivation for me to keep on memorizing. I love when a Bible passage shifts from something I'm familiar with to something I now know. God bless you lots!

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  3. I love the reasons you have listed Brooke. I am visiting from Faithful Parenting...
    You are encouraging me to get back to memorizing scriptures again - larger portion has been my goal like John 14, 15, 16, 17.
    Yes to have the Word available in our hearts and minds is precious.

    Myriam

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    1. Thanks, Myriam! So glad you stopped by, and that you are considering getting back to memorizing scriptures again. You will be blessed! I like memorizing the larger portions too. They take longer than memorizing random, unrelated verses, but I prefer to memorize the larger portions because it allows me to memorize the whole context of the message rather than fragments of it. I agree, "to have the Word available in our hearts and minds is precious." Well said! God bless you much!

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  4. So good, Brooke! I love these reasons and the specific examples you share. I've definitely been blessed through scripture memory too. I wake up a lot in the middle of the night, and one of the first things I do is go over my memory chapters. It gives me peace to settle my mind on truths from the Word.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! That's great that you use those middle of the night wake up calls to go over your memory chapters. That's just like the Psalmist!(Psalm 63:6; 119:55,148)I love how you said, "It gives me peace to settle my mind on truths from the Word." This reminds me of Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." God bless you lots!

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  5. Hi! I found you through the Weekend Whatever Link Up! I'm your newest follower and look forward to connecting with you!

    Christie
    http://satisfactionthroughchrist.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi, Christie! So happy you stopped by! Thanks for sharing your site. I look forward to visiting! God bless you richly!

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  6. What a wonderful post Brooke. So inspiring..just as the Living Word

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    1. Thanks, Melody! Glad you enjoyed this. God bless you much!

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  7. New follower from Titus 2sdays.

    This is convicting to me. Especially #3. Thank you SO much!!!

    Jill @ www.heartworkhomeschool.com

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    1. Thanks, Jill for your sweet words! So glad this blessed you. God bless you lots!

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  8. Visiting from On Your Heart Tuesdays - thanks for your encouragement with memorizing - great points!

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    1. Glad this helped, Cherry! God bless you richly!

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  9. Awesome, appreciate your sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Denise! Glad you enjoyed it. God bless you lots!

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  10. Yay for you! Cheering you on, and adding my endorsement of memorizing Scripture. I've used Scripture Typer online as an aid for memorization. What about you?

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, for rooting me on.:) I've tried Scripture Typer before. For me, I have a hard time with the first letters when there are like they are in that program. For instance if I was trying to memorize Philippians 4:13 " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Scripture Typer would write it out like: IcdattCwsm. For me, I'd need it to read I c_ _ d_ a_ _ t_ _ _ _ _ t_ _ _ _ _ _ C_ _ _ _ _ w_ _ s_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ m_. The Bible apps I benefit from the most are the ones that include flashcards. I'll be posting soon about the various Bible memory apps available and what I like about them. For now, I'm memorizing solely from my verses printed out on 8 x 11 paper posted in the kitchen (near the stove), next to my bathroom mirror, and even in the shower (in sheet protectors). I memorize two verses a week and work my way down my sheet of paper. I plan on looking more at the various apps I've bought for memorizing Scripture and seeing how I can include them in my goals for memorizing Scripture. God bless you richly!

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  11. Stopping by from GDWJ. Scripture memory is so important. Now that I want my children to memorize, it's easier to get motivated. I admit, though, that during this crazy, sleepless season of four kids, it's tough. I would love to eventually add this into our learning. Blessings to you and thanks for the reminder of His word.

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    1. Nacole, I agree. Scripture memory is so important. I feel for you, while you are in a sleepless season of motherhood. If God is impressing on your heart to memorize Scripture, I encourage you to do what you can in this season of your life. If that means one verse a week, that's one more verse you'd have hidden in your heart. And God's Word never returns void, so whether you are able to memorize one verse a week or more, you'll be blessed no matter what. You might want to write a meaningful verse on a 3 x 5 card and carry it with you throughout your day. Practicing saying the verse in the moments of your day when your hands are busy but your mind is free. If even that's too much for this season you're in, I highly recommend buying Scripture music like Seeds Family Worship http://www.seedsfamilyworship.net/or Hide 'em in Your Heart CD's (Amazon.com sells both). You can play the songs in the car at home, put them on an ipod or iphone, etc. And if you play them around your kids, your kids will begin picking up these verses and begin singing them themselves. So it's a win-win situation. Praying God gives you clear direction in how you might be able to incorporate Scripture memory in this sleepless season you're in. God bless you richly, Nacole!

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  12. One of the main reasons I had believed memorization is important is b/c the day may come to US that has come to so many others in the world when we no longer have a Bible. Some, especially during WWII, were in prison with NOTHING allowed. I've read so many stories about what they were going through. I can't say I memorize enough, but I read so much that I do have the overall aspect planted. Have to count on that at the very least.

    One other concern. We have so many different versions now that I'm concerned that it is hard to memorize just one. I TRY to stick to two Bible translations: KJV [and I modernize it while reading] and Amplified. I know KJV isn't considered correct or easy any longer, but I was doing it for so many years I don't turn it aside.

    Yes, I AM concerned re: memorization. Would like to do more and more. If for no other reason than being able to speak the rejoicing and honoring ones to my Lord when I see Him face-to-face.

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    1. Caryjo, I loved your reason for memorizing Scripture! Your WWII example was powerful. We never know when Bibles will be outlawed, and will not be as easily accessible as they are today. If we were ever stripped of our Bibles, it’s nice to know that the verses hidden in our heart could never be taken away. I know someone who has memorized full books of the Bible because Alzheimer’s runs in her family and she wants to stuff her memory with God’s Word while her mind is still young, so if she ever develops Alzheimer’s and loses her short term memory, she’ll have books of the Bible stored in her long term memory to draw from whenever she wants.

      The KJV is a great translation. Since it is written in Elizabeth English, it’s not a popular translation for reading and memorizing, because that’s not how we talk today, but it is a perfectly fine translation if you want to keep memorizing from it. I memorize from the NKJV because it is like memorizing from the KJV, only the language is more modern.

      God bless you richly as you continue to hide His Word in your heart!

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  13. Great list! I knew memorizing Scripture was important when I was always reaching for my phone to google a reference during a counseling session. How much easier it would be if I just knew the reference!? Thanks for linking up with WIP!

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    1. Thanks, Mary Beth! I agree with you that it is easier to counsel people when you already know the Scripture address. In addition to memorizing scripture, depending on the topics your counseling addresses, you might want to print off a list of verses that relate to a topic for quick reference during your counseling sessions. I love Charles Stanley's lists of verses by topic. That might be a good place to start if you don't already have topical lists of verses. Here's the link: http://www.intouch.org/you/gods-promises God bless you richly, Mary Beth!

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  14. Now, with each verse I hide in my heart, I have something new I can pray about....

    yes, I've experienced this as well! We've been on the journey of hiding God's word in our hearts for several years now. I love how the list of Scripture we want to learn is longer than our days!

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    1. Isn't it great?! I love how my memory verses are shaping and directing my prayers more now. That's so neat to hear that memorizing Scripture is something you've been doing for many years now. God bless you lots!

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  15. Just letting you know that this post was among the top 3 most viewed linkups from last week's linky party! I will be featuring you this Thursday! Come grab your featured button!

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    1. Thanks, Angell! That's neat to hear! God bless you richly!

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  16. Brooke,
    I would like to feature this post tomorrow on the 'EOA' link-up! Excellent! I am blessed and encouraged to share this. Pray with me for others to dig into the Word through memorizing it! Thank you and keep linking up!!
    Blessings!
    Jacqueline

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    1. Jacqueline, that sounds wonderful! Thank you for asking. I'm honored! Thank you for your encouraging words. God bless you richly! I'll surely keep those things in prayer!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!