Do you want to start memorizing scripture but don’t know where to start? Here are some tips and tools to help you.
Throughout Scripture, we are reminded of how important it is to meditate on God’s Word. (Psalm 119:11, Joshua 1:8, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, and Psalm 37:31 are just a few) The best way to meditate on Scripture is to memorize it, but that can be challenging for many of us. Here are a few tricks and strategies to make it a little bit easier.
The Verses App: The Verses app is a great tool that is easy to use. It allows you to “play” a few games that help you memorize the Scripture you are trying to learn. It does have a cost for other translations of the Bible, but it is an easy way to help you memorize Scripture using your phone.
First Letter of Each Word: This method involves writing the first letter of each word of a Bible verse somewhere prominent that you will see a lot throughout the day. You can write it on your hand, your phone, a piece of paper, a mirror, or wherever the best place for you is. These ever-present letters remind you to be working on your verse, giving you a clue to help you and hints about which words come next.
Put it to music: Whether you are teaching little ones to memorize Scripture or learning it for yourself, music is a great way to learn it. Check out Seeds Family Worship or Steve Green for songs with lyrics that are straight out of the Bible. Keep the songs playing in the car, and pretty soon will all be singing multiple verses! You can also find Scripture songs to help you memorize Scripture through Apple Music and Spotify.
Erase One Word at a Time: Write the verse on a dry-erase board or a mirror that you see regularly. Say the verse out loud (or to yourself) several times and work to commit it to memory. As you become more familiar with it, erase one word at a time. Keep saying the verse and keep erasing one word at a time. Keep doing this until you’ve erased all the words from the entire verse and have it memorized.
Rubber Band Bracelet: Get a rubber band big enough to go around your wrist. Stretch it out and write the verse you want to memorize. When you put it on your wrist, you won’t be able to read it, but when you stretch it out, you will see it. Keep working on memorizing it and whenever you need a reminder of what word comes next, stretch it out and see.
Note Cards: Sometimes, the best thing you can do is keep Scripture in front of you. Write out a verse on an index card and keep it in front of you. Carry it with you, put it on your car's dash, tape it to your mirror, or put it on your desk. Keep it with you until you memorize it. After you memorize it, punch a hole in the corner and add it to a ring where you keep the other verses you have memorized. Review all the Scripture verses you have learned in the last year!
70 Scriptures to memorize
Psalms 119:11- I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Proverbs 3:5-6- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Isaiah 26:3- You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 40:31- but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 53:6- All we like sheep have gone astray;we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Matthew 5:16- In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 6:33-34- But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 18:20- For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
Matthew 28:19-20- Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Mark 10:45- For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Mark 12:30-31- 'And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.
Luke 9:23- And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Luke 11:28- But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
John 1:1-4- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 1:12- But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
John 3:16-17- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
John 13:34-35- A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 14:6- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Acts 1:8- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 4:12- And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Romans 1:16- For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Romans 3:23- for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 5:1- Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:8- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23- For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:1- There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:28- And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:38-39- For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10:9-10- because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Romans 10:13- For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:17- So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
1st Corinthians 3:16- Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
1st Corinthians 6:20- for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1st Corinthians 10:13- No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1st Corinthians 15:3- For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
2 Corinthians 5:17- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Galatians 2:20- I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 5:22-23- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 6:7- Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
Galatians 6:9-10- And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Ephesians 1:7- In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Ephesians 2:8-10- For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 4:29- Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:32- Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Philippians 1:6- And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:21- F For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians 2:3-4- Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 4:6-7- do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:19- And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:16-17- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
1st Thessalonians 5:16-18- Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
2nd Timothy 2:15- Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2nd Timothy 3:16-17- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Hebrews 4:12- For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:16- Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 10:24-25- And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 11:1- Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
James 1:2-4- Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:22- But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 2:26- For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
James 4:17- So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
1st Peter 5:6-7- Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1st John 1:9- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Revelation 3:20- Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Psalms 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Psalms 56:3- When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.