How to Memorize Scripture [Psalms 119:11 Daily Devotional]
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
In order to stay pure and righteous, the psalmist memorizes God’s law. They’re simply presenting this method in a very poetic manner. When we say something is in our hearts, it really just means that the thing we’re talking about is very close and important to us.
Memorization isn’t for everyone, but it’s a helpful tool to have in your devotional time. Even verses like this are relatively easy to memorize. It takes time and effort, but I believe everyone can do it. I typically use memorization for a couple of verses depending on the season of life I’m in, while other people might do this all the time and build up their mental library. Wherever you’re at, here are a few tips on how to memorize scripture.
- Start with short verses. I don’t mean verses like “Jesus wept”; that would be too short. Psalm 119:11 above is one sentence that sounds like natural English, so I’d start with something similar.
- Read the verse a couple of times first. You don’t have to have it memorized after one read through. Take a few times to familiarize yourself with the verse.
- Split the verse into two or three sections. You can then take your time on each section until you really get it down, and then combine it once you feel comfortable with it.
- Say the verse aloud. You’ll probably only get a few words right at first, but saying it out loud will help you get it right.
- Repeat the verse. You’ll quickly forget what you’ve spent time memorizing, so continue to repeat it over and over again until you can’t get it wrong.
It takes time, but learning how to memorize scripture is a useful tool when you want to “hide [God’s] word in [your] heart.” Once you practice this a few times, you end up with a great selection of scripture to meditate on during your normal devotional time.
Father, thank you for the ability to memorize your word. Help me to get better at it. Give me the patience I need to learn how to do it and grace for when I mess it up. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.