What is your favorite Scripture? Do you have it memorized? A few that I love are Galatians 2:20, Acts 20:24, and Matthew 28:18-20. These verses are foundational to helping me keep grounded in God’s Word and His purpose as the storms of this life and the worries of this world grow stronger and stronger in various seasons. I’ve committed these to memory for that very reason. Now, did I memorize those to impress people? Did I memorize them for a badge of honor? Did I memorize those so I could feel good about myself? Absolutely not.
Now, of course, sin still attacks me daily, and my motives are not always pure, but my hope is that the reason I am committing these and other verses to memory is because of what I find in the Scriptures:
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
In an article by Dallas Willard, he said (and I paraphrase) that if I had to choose between all the disciplines, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is how we fill our minds with what it needs. Memorizing the Scriptures is an invaluable part of our lives. Here are 3 tips to help us memorize Scripture.
- Memorize Scripture in community. There is no reason to do this alone. Bring along a friend, your spouse, your kids, a coworker, or your entire small group, and memorize the Scriptures together. Challenge each other. Hold each other accountable. Make it fun.
- Take the verse with you throughout the day. You can do this on a 3×5 note card, a Post-it note, or a text you send yourself and a friend on your phone. You can create an image with the verse on top. I would even recommend downloading a memorization app such as Verses, or Scripture Typer. I have found them to be incredibly helpful, and fun!
- Sing it! Put the verse to music. This works! The proof is in my three and five year old kids. They have some Scripture memorized because it’s in the form of a song – The Farmer in the Dell actually. Ha! And this point brings me to Seeds of Worship.
Well, Seeds Family Worship is at it again! They have more worship tracks that help us memorize the Scriptures. I wanted to highlight three different ones here for you to take a look at. Be creative with how you implement these tracks. They are perfect for kids and youth ministries, but you can also play these during a church service, as an intro as people are coming in, or at a small group. Let’s fill our minds and the minds of our congregation with the truth of God’s Word.
Trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6) by Seeds Family Worship
Follow Me (Matthew 16:24-25) by Seeds Family Worship
Delight Yourself in the Lord (Psalm 37:4-6) by Seeds Family Worship