Memorizing verses from God’s word is a privilege. Too often we treat it like a chore, finding every excuse to avoid it. Many Christians claim they are simply too busy to take the time to memorize.
Personally, I tell myself that if I don’t have twenty minutes to dedicate to memorizing a verse, it’s not worth it.
That’s a lie. And I’m sure I’m not the only one to assume memorizing takes a huge chunk of time.
The Freedom to Memorize Slowly
I heard someone say once that memorizing God’s word should be like savoring a favorite dessert.
Take it slow, enjoy it, get every last bit possible.
I had never treated memorizing like that before, and the idea intrigued me.
I mean, what’s the harm? If it takes me a whole month to memorize just one verse, then I’ve learned one more verse than I would have otherwise.
I would never get around to it if I didn’t give myself the freedom to go slowly, to savor the words from God. Memorizing slowly, rather than as a chore to be completed, transform the experience of memorizing. I’ve noticed that it even feels more like worship when I take it slowly.
To Memorize Is To…
… meditate on the verses. It’s to think on it, pray it, get to the heart of the verse.
… hide the verse in your heart. It’s to make it available to yourself in a time of temptation.
… live out the verse, letting the words become a part of your day. Random things become triggers to remembering the truth God is communicating in the verse.
What to Memorize?
Then comes the question about what to memorize. Here are some ideas:
-any verse or passage that strikes you during your Bible reading time or Bible study time. If it feels powerful or important to you, mark and and make a point to memorize is.
-the verses listed on the Fighter Verses website (fighterverses.com) . They are called fighter verses because they help us fight temptation and remember God’s truth. You can sign up for the weekly email and just pick the few that stick out to you, or scroll through their lists and pick one to start with.
-use your concordance (or a search on the internet) to find verses about a particular topic. Struggle with peace? Look up verses about God’s peace, and pick one to memorize. This works for any topic explicitly covered in the Bible.
Help me out! Share in the comments how you decide which verses to memorize, or a success story of taking your time to savor the scriptures as you memorized!
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