10 Tips To Help You Memorize The Word Of God

10 Tips To Help You Memorize The Word Of God

This was specifically written for our Psalm34 Challenge, but most of the tips are effective with any portion of Scripture you wish to memorize. Most of us do not have a photographic memory. So here are 10 tips to help you memorize portions of Scripture.

  1. Understand the verse – Our “Consider this” section is there to help you with this.
  2. Pray – Ask the Lord to help you memorize and retain His Word in your heart.
  3. Read each verse multiple times – seeing the words helps lock them into your memory.
  4. Write it down – Many people find that writing a verse out by hand on a 3” x 5” card helps them retain it. There is some connection between the hand, the eye, and the brain. You can always tape the card to the bathroom mirror and repeat it every time you see it.
  5. Connect the verse to a picture – we include an illustration as a memory trick. The trumpet on Day 2 reminds me of the phrase “blowing my own horn” which means boasting. I don’t want to boast about myself – but I do want to boast in the Lord. “My soul shall make its boast in the LORD…” The magnifying glass on Day 3 helps me remember “Oh magnify the LORD with me…” and so on.
  6. Get a buddy – “Two are better than one…” If you can partner with someone else and have them check you for accuracy this will help lock the verse in your mind.
  7. Sleep on it – your brain processes and stores information while you sleep. Review your verses right before you drift off to sleep and let the Lord store them away in your memory. I wake up 3 or 4 times a night and as soon as I do I repeat the verses and drift back to sleep again. Try it!
  8. Talk to yourself – out loud! – Go for a walk (exercise helps you memorize – so I’ve read). Speak the verses out loud as you walk. You don’t have to worry about what people think! – after all, you are wearing a mask – they can’t even see your lips move.
  9. Make up a tune – that’s how one of my sisters memorizes verses – she sings the verses to a familiar tune. That’s a right-brain thing! And it works.
  10. Put it into practice. Make a conscious effort to apply the verse to your life today. “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1). As you thank the Lord for 3 meals a day – repeat this verse – and thank Him for the food. When something good or bad happens today make a conscious effort to bless the Lord and praise Him and repeat to yourself the verse to underscore why you are doing that. Every day, during my radiation treatments, I repeat these verses. I will praise Him continually no matter what my day brings to me.

Let us know what works for you. We all need help in memorizing the Scripture.

We are thrilled with how many have taken up the challenge. So far our youngest challenger is in her early 20’s and the oldest is my Dad at 91. Be encouraged. The Lord will help you.