(Discuss) Do You Memorize Scripture?

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” – Psalm 119:11

Several weeks ago, a was helping a small group of kids to memorize this verse, and it just so happened to be about “hiding” God’s Word (A.K.A. the Bible or Scriptures) in our heart. Other translations of the Bible call it “storing” or “treasuring” God’s Word in our heart. Essentially, Psalm 119:11 is about memorizing Scripture.Coincidental? So let’s dialogue together:

What is the purpose of memorizing Bible verses? Is there value?

Do you have any Scripture-memorizing habits?

How does memorizing Scripture compare to memorizing stats or history or anything else?

Hosanna Emily recommended this topic of discussion. If you would like to talk about something in particular, include your suggestion in a comment.

Here’s a chance to get to know me and your fellow readers. Here’s a chance for us to get to know you.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” – 2 Timothy 3:16

7 thoughts on “(Discuss) Do You Memorize Scripture?

  1. I remember, the first time I memorized Bible verses, I used a certain devotional book. It included a memory verse each week and had me review all the memory verses at the end of the month. Looking back, I think a structured system was probably helpful to me, getting started as a young girl, but I don’t use one anymore. I also find that I memorized some verses, sort of unintentionally without even trying, by listening over and over to children’s songs which put the words of the Bible to a catchy tune. Thanks, Colin Buchanan.


  2. This is something I’ve been thinking more about.. We used to do quite a bit of memorizing when I was younger, but I guess as it’s because more a personal task, I’ve become slack. Personally, the way I like to memorize scripture is to really study, ponder, and dig deep into a passage, and it sort of becomes ingrained into my memory without even trying. That way it means more to me, and I (hopefully) have an understanding more than just a knowledge.

    Then there’s also learning verses as songs, as you mentioned. 🙂 Do you know of any scripture songs that aren’t ‘children’s songs’?


    1. You make an interesting point. I think memorizing Bible verses is greatly emphasized in the lives of children, especially when you compare it to the lesser emphasis as we get older. At least, I see that as a pattern in my own life and in the lives of many people in my circles; it may not necessarily be a universal tendency. I like your thoughts on digging deep into a passage, studying it and pondering it so that it means something, rather than just being an empty recital of words.

      I suppose it depends on how we understand “scripture songs”. Many times I have stumbled across a phrase in the Bible, normally a short phrase, that is either exactly the same as a song I know or strongly related. For example, every time I read Proverbs 18:10, now, it makes me think of the worship song “Your Name”. But I don’t recall any songs that really seem directed at helping to memorize scripture. Perhaps it really is a thing that exists as a sort of “sub-genre” of music, for lack of a better term. Do you know of any scripture songs not directed at children alone?


  3. Such a good reminder, Jordy! I have discovered that once you make the decision to memorize, it really happens. I am in a group of girls for accountability, and we have memorized several chapters of the Bible together. When you have people keeping you accountable and you make the clear decision to DO IT, it’s actually pretty easy. I was amazed at how much I was able to memorize without working that hard. Sadly, I fell out of practice, and I am now trying to get back to that regular habit. 🙂

    One thing I tend to forget is to process what I recite when I memorize. While it seems like an obvious thing to do, it’s easy to memorize without thinking deeply on the passage. Once you take the time to dwell in the Word and memorize it, it can change lives. But does it really mean anything if they are just words in your head? I think it does, but not nearly as much as it could. How do you memorize Scripture, my friend?


    1. That’s a great practice in an accountability group. And wow! Whole chapters? I memorized a chapter a few years back… but I couldn’t say it again, today. I think the hard thing about memorizing scripture, especially larger portions of it, is retaining it long term! Now I memorize portions of 5-7 verses at a time. I make a practice of writing the whole passage out without looking and then correcting myself. Even though the spelling and grammar doesn’t usually change the meaning, and isn’t and issue when you say a verse, I concern myself with it, too. In doing so, I hope that my memorizing is more thorough and deeper ingrained.

      May I ask what chapters you’ve memorized? I imagine that if you’re going to memorize a whole chapter, you’re going to be really intentional about which you choose. Can you still remember them all?

      And yes, that’s much like what Jessica said; thinking deeply about the verse or passage in question adds *much* value. I agree, and I do this, too.


      1. Of course! 🙂 I memorized several, but references are always my weak spot. :/ I do remember Psalm 139, Philippians 2, Romans 12, Psalm 23, and 1 Corinthians 13. Those are some powerful passages. 🙂 And while I do stumble with parts, I have tried to keep “on top” of them…though I don’t review as regularly as I should. At one point, several years ago, I memorized a chapter of the Bible…and then forgot it again. But as I re-memorized it, it came back so much easier than a passage that I tried to memorize for the first time. So yes, it is easy to forget memorized verses, but it’s still easier to re-learn them. 🙂


      2. Oh, I *love* Philippians 2! When Jesus’ sacrifice for me (not only his death, but his entire ministry on earth) becomes commonplace in my mind, those verses, 5-8, have such power to rekindle the awe that is due of it! Such rich goodness in one chapter!


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