We pray as you learn how to memorize Scripture you'll be comforted by the Word of God you place in your heart and mind. May God enable you as you continue your journey to hide His Word in your heart.
Learning how to memorize Scripture so well that you remember it the rest of your life is NOT impossible. You may not realize it but many times you have already memorized a substantial amount of material.
For example, if you're an English speaker you've memorized 26 pieces of information that you can repeat in order at any moment. Knowing the alphabet is matter of learning a sequence of letters so well that you will are able to remember them for rest of your functional adult life.
The question is, “How did you learn them, and how is it that you still know them?”
If you were raised in the United States, there's a high probability that you could sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” all the way through right now. Most likely it's been years since you’ve sung this song. But you learned the words to the song so well that you probably still remember them.
If you can learn how that happened, you can learn how to memorize Scripture. You can count the words to the song yourself, but I’ll save you the time and tell you that there are 18 words in the song.
As we continue this Memorize Bible Verses 2nd lesson, let's look at Matthew 6:33:
There are 19 words plus the reference in this verse. That means memorizing Scripture is not impossible. Rich, helpful, important verses of Scripture are not too long. Here’s the point: If you can discover how you memorized the song Row Row Your Boat, you can learn how to memorize Scripture for life!
When you were in kindergarten, or even before you began to learn the alphabet, every day you repeated those 26 sounds and learned the names of those sounds. Many of you learned to sing the “alphabet song.” And you sang it over and over.
Then you began to use those 26 pieces of information to be able to read and write words. Over and over and over you reviewed them and used them.
This is exactly the principle of Long Term, Repeated Use and Review at work! You sang “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” over and over and over. You heard others sing it. You may have taught it to your children. And now it’s made a PERMANENT place in your mind.
That’s what we want to have happen with key verses from the Bible. The principle of Long Term, Repeated Use and Review is the key to learning how to memorize Scripture!
Long Term, Repeated Use and Review is how you know:
Each time you repeated the words you embedded them more firmly and more deeply in your mind. Every repetition counted.
Long Term, Repeated Use and Review is how you probably learned the multiplication tables.
Maybe your teacher had you memorize 2x2 = 4 and 2x3 = 6 and so on. And you practiced. And you were tested. And you wrote them out. And you had multiplication drills at the blackboard if you’re as old as me. And then, you went on to the 3s, 3x2 = 6, and 3x4 = 12, and so on and on and on.
Then you moved up a grade and had more math and used the same multiplication facts in more advanced problems. Then you graduated into life and you’re still using those simple facts that you memorized that enable you to know that 4x7 = 28.
That's Long Term Repeated Use and Review.
The principle of Long Term Repeated Use And Review explains a great deal about how we memorize. We not only have to learn the information. We have to use it.
We remember the phone numbers we use or give it out. We forget the ones we never use. We remember important dates like birthdays and anniversaries. We remember the addresses we use often.
John 3:16 - How do so many people know it?
Probably the most widely memorized Scripture verse is John 3:16.
Long Term Repeated Use and Review is how you likely know that verse.
If you went to Vacation Bible School or Sunday School or church camp you could always rely on someone promoting the memorization of John 3:16! As a result, more people seem to know that verse than any other.
Since Long Term Repeated Use and Review is the key to lasting memorization, you can put this principle to work so that you can learn some important passages of Scripture so well that you remember them the rest of your life.
If you want to “Learn Scripture For Life” the key will be to intentionally engage, and stay engaged, in a process of Long Term Repeated Use and Review.
I've seen many well-meaning believers find a verse they love, a passage of God’s deep, helpful truth that can guide their lives.
They quickly commit it to memory. They spend two or three days practicing and reciting the verse. Then they assume they have it, only to realize later that they aren't sure how the verse starts.
They can’t remember all the phrases. They have no idea of what the Scripture reference is. Instead of having learned a verse for life, they've really learned nothing at all.
But it doesn't have to be that way! If you’re willing to go the distance, you can begin a program of Scripture Memory that really works. Spend two months on a verse. Then over the next two months, as you learn another verse, keep going back and reviewing the previous verse.
Let’s do the math - 20 reviews X 60 days the first two months = 1,200 reviews. Then in the third and fourth month, if you review it once a day you’ll add another 60 reviews. Each review causes it to settle more deeply in your mind.
That’s Long Term Repeated Review And Use!
Here’s a great statement that sums up the BIG POINT of this lesson: Practice Makes Permanent
There are no shortcuts, tricks, or secrets. It just takes work. The challenge is to stay focused on the verses you select to memorize for weeks and months, not just hours or days. Remember, every repetition counts.
I encourage you to learn the verse, and then review it hundreds and even thousands of times over a period of months and years.
As a result, you’ll gain the advantage of Long Term, Repeated Review & Use which will lead you to the place where you have “Learned It For Life.”
We pray this lesson on how to memorize Scripture has blessed you.
This lesson was prepared by Clark Palmer.