I don’t know about you, but Bible Memory is inextricably linked to my childhood. I memorized verses for Sunday school, AWANA, Christian school Bible classes, VBS, and more. It was simply a part of my daily routine for years. But as an adult, no one is making me memorize Scripture, and therefore, I often neglect this important discipline.
Did you know that the Bible never gives us the command to memorize it? But it does command us to meditate upon it, keep it in our hearts, think on it, use it to fight temptation, and obey it continually. How better to do these things than to have much Scripture memorized? Having those verses on hand - or in mind - as we go throughout our day will aid in every one of those orders.
Additionally, memorizing Scripture is a great way to better understand it. The more we can meditate upon it, like a cow chewing its cud, the more we will get out of it. The Holy Spirit uses the repetition and review to teach us new things and to remind us of old things. It’s a divine lesson, full of help and hope.
So, as you study the Word, try to commit it to memory. Pull out the key verse (or verses) of a passage, write them on a note card, keep it near you throughout the day. Read it, review it, write it again. Eventually, these truths will make their way into your memory, and more importantly, into your heart.