A key passage I taught students for years is found in Psalm 119:9-11. When you get God’s Word into your life and live by it amazing things happen. Verse 11 says: I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
To hide God’s Word in your heart means – to treasure it – to memorize it!
Over the next few days I want to share with you a couple of key tips that will help you in memorizing scripture.
I believe most people can memorize any passage using what I call the SHOUT Method which I’ll share in the next couple of days. A part of the SHOUT Method includes learning the TOPIC of the passage – the ADDRESS of the verse – the VERSE itself – and repeat the ADDRESS of the verse again.
In other words if I was memorizing 2 Tim. 3:16 – I would say this every time I worked on memorizing it: The Word of God / 2 Tim. 3:16 / All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. / 2 Tim. 3:16 NOTE: The TOPIC is The Word of God – the ADDRESS is 2 Tim. 3:16 – etc.
WHY MEMORIZE A VERSE IN THIS MANNER? It helps you recall it from memory in a variety of ways because of the associations our brains are able to handle and make. Examples: If in a conversation someone says 2 Tim 3:16 – the next thing that comes to your mind will normally be the verse itself. If someone is talking about THE WORD OF GOD – one of the things that will come to your mind quickly is the reference 2 Tim. 3:16. If someone says a part of the verse, but can’t remember where it’s found you’ll naturally go to the address of the verse again because you normally say it after saying the actual verse.
Let me give you this challenge: start working on 2 Tim. 3:16 today. We’ll talk about the SHOUT Method of Scripture memory in a few days.
A Final Note: One key to keeping verses fresh in your heart & mind is to review them regularly.