When I first heard of people who had memorized complete books of the Bible, like Janet Pope, Tom Meyer and Ryan Ferguson, I was in awe and believed, “Wow! That is amazing! I could never do that!” But as the Lord has spurred me on to memorize various chapters of the Bible like Isaiah 53, Psalm 1, Psalm 103, etc. I am now convinced that memorizing Scripture does not require a good memory. It simply is a matter of repetition over time.
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Repetition over time. It’s how a song gets “stuck” in our head—because we’ve heard it over and over over time. It’s how we can remember our favorite parts or lines from a movie or TV show we’ve seen countless times.
Repetition over time. It’s how, as a child in elementary school, I memorized the Pledge of Allegiance. We recited the pledge five days a week, week after week, and year after year. When I was just learning the words, probably as a Kindergartner, I’d stumble through it as my teacher led the class in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. But after saying it day after day and week after week, reciting it became more natural until I no longer had to think of the words. Now, many years later since those grade school days I still can recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Why? Repetition over time.
Just as it took repetition over time until I could say the Pledge of Allegiance without having to first think about the words, I’ve found memorizing Scripture to be the same way. When I am first learning a new verse, I stumble through it as I try to recite it. But day after day, week after week, the more I say it, the more natural it becomes for me to say my memory verses until one day I don’t have to think about the words—I finally know them.
So if you are thinking memorizing chapters or books of the Bible is so far out of reach, just know you can do it. A good memory is not required. Just repetition over time. Read or hear anything enough times and you will remember it. Practice saying your memory verses until you can’t get it wrong, and you won’t soon forget His Word you’ve hidden in your heart. I encourage you, though, to keep reciting your verses you’ve memorized on a regular basis so you don’t ever forget them. Even when I know a passage word-for-word, I always make it a point to once a day recite my verses once through. It keeps the verses fresh in my mind and allows me to hold on to them as I learn new verses.
For more detailed information on how I memorize Scripture, visit my Bible Memorization page dedicated to memorizing Scripture. God bless you richly as you seek to hide His Word in your heart!
Questions for you: What chapter or book of the Bible do you dream of memorizing? What needs to happen to make that dream a reality?
Copyright © 2012 Brooke Espinoza.