I really hope you have been enjoying this ‘God’s book’ series. The Bible needs to inspire us, educate us and reveal more of God’s character and plans for us. It needs to be in our lives on a daily basis. It is our daily bread (Matthew 4:4).
This week I want to talk about the power of memorising scripture. In the process of committing each verse to memory we are being sustained and changed by its living power.
In Joshua 1:8 it says “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
But not only does memorising scripture bless us, it is also a great tool for witnessing and telling others about Jesus. (I listed a number of verses to learn in my post about ‘sharing the gospel’).
Probably the best way of meditating on scripture is to memorise it. This can probably seem like a huge task but actually, if you break it down, just by simply memorising a couple of verses a week you would know over a hundred in a year.
There are various techniques for memorising scripture. You need to find the one that you find easiest and adapt it to suit yourself if necessary. I have listed out a number of ideas below which I hope you will find useful:
- Take your first verse and read it ten times, close your eyes and read it out ten times. Repeat the next day 5 times each and so on for a week. Then revisit it at about monthly intervals until it comes to mind easily.
- Alternatively you could just read it out loud 25 times without even trying to memorise it.
- Try to memorise the reference first. Say it a few times until it comes easily to you. That way if you do forget the verse you can always look it up to remind yourself.
- Try and remember the gist of the verse first.
- Try to form an association between the verse and the reference by linking them together.
- The memory process is really helped by reading out loud.
- As you read out loud, put an emphasis on a different word each time eg. for God so loved, for God so loved, for God so loved, for God so loved… etc.
- Put your verse on a piece of card and carry it around with you, get it out each time you have a few spare moments, for example, standing in a queue, waiting for someone etc.
- Reviewing what you have learned is crucial.
- Record the message onto a dictaphone (most of the newest phones have one installed, or you could download an app) and play it back to yourself.
- Stick various cards around the house on places you visit frequently, like the back of the toilet door or the fridge!
- Get a friend to help you and learn it together, test each other. You will both find it encouraging and you are more likely to do it with mutual motivation.
You may be wondering what verses would be good to start with. I would suggest that as you continue reading scripture and come across verses that really speak to you, perhaps highlight them in your bible and determine to commit them to memory. However I have compiled a list below of really good verses for your own edification, along with verses that are good for sharing the gospel. You may know many of these already and so you are already well on the way. You may just have to fix the reference with the verse. Hover over each one and the verse should appear. With reference to last weeks post on bible versions, some versions flow easier than others and therefore make it easier to memorise. I personally prefer to memorise verses from the NIV although you may like the ESV versions below.
Joshua 1:8 Psalm 119:11
Psalm 119:105 Proverbs 3:5, 6
Matthew 28:19, 20 John 1:12
John 3:16 John 14:6
Acts 4:12 Romans 3:23
Romans 6:23 Romans 12:1, 2
1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 1 Corinthians 10:13
1 Corinthians 10:31 Ephesians 2:8-10
Philippians 4:8 Philippians 4:19
2 Timothy 2:15 2 Timothy 3:16-17
1 John 1:9
My last post on the series ‘God’s book’ will be next week and I will talk about reading the bible throughout the year, which will be very timely ready for January 1st.
It just leaves me to wish all my readers a very merry Christmas, I hope you have a great time. God bless – Ade