Thoughts on Bible Memorization

I really debated on whether or not I should make this post a proper bible study post on memorizing scripture, but I think I will save that for later. For a number of weeks, I have wanted to make a post introducing the idea of Bible memorization as a major part of this blog, but had yet to do so, until now.

I have only been a Christian for a few years, and I have dabbled in trying to memorize scriptures at least a couple of times, but with limited success. However, my interest was piqued again when I took my recent journey across the country, and came in contact with a congregation of the Lord’s Church, where they were actively seeking to memorize verses to aid in evangelism efforts. I took the three pamphlets they gave me, and thought about trying to memorize scriptures yet again.

After a time, I did begin my memorization in earnest, and have been doing so for a short time. Prov. 4:4 reads, “He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.” This idea of keeping the word of God in one’s heart is found throughout the Bible, and something that I haven’t done as much as I could.

It is incredible when I really focus on God’s Word, and make a concerted effort to think on it throughout the day. It helps with my confidence in doing that which God wants me to do, when I can think of a verse that deals with, say, anger (Ecc. 7:9), worry (Phil. 4:6), or that repenting and confessing a sin is the right thing to do, even when a tiny part of me resists doing so (2 Cor. 7:10). That can give me confidence that I can remain faithful, and make it to the end, and obtain the prize.

I still have a long way to go in my memorization efforts, and in all actuality, I haven’t been adding new scriptures to memorize for a while, but I look forward to adding new ones later. In the mean time, I did want to let you all know what I used in case this post inspires you to begin this effort as well.

For an active scripture memorization community and website, you can go to http://memverse.com. It does not require any software download, and also used spaced repetition algorithms to help you learn scriptures efficiently.

I also use Anki, which is a flash card program that also uses spaced repetition. Anki’s homepage can be found http://ankisrs.net/. It also has a website version that can be used in conjunction with the downloadable program as well. It can be found at http://ankiweb.net/.

I also have a scripture memorization program that I use on my mac that does not require an internet connection as well, but it is no longer being supported so I will not list it here.

I hope that these thoughts have been of interest to you, even thought it isn’t a proper Bible study post so to speak. if you have any questions or comments, please post a reply or email me!