Did you ever take piano lessons when you were growing up? Or maybe another musical instrument? What did you have to do? Practice. You didn’t just practice the songs that were fun to play either. You had to practice exercises that were, well, rather boring and mundane to say the least! Why? Because they strengthened the muscles of your fingers in places that needed to be stronger so you would be able to play more and more complex music. (I’m speaking from the perspective of a pianist.)
Why do I often comment on Scripture and recommend Scripture to memorize? Because it provides mental fodder for your mind to practice thinking about truth that it needs to be reminded of often. Much of the Bible that I memorized was when I was young and had very little idea of what it really meant. stop But it was placed in my mind’s memory to be mulled over for years. It has encouraged me, taught me, reminded me of truth and kept me on the right road too many times to count over the years.
Oh, I can’t memorize the Bible! But if you repeat it over to yourself often enough, it will stick.
When I recommend Scripture memory to people, they often cringe. “Oh, I can’t memorize the Bible.” they say. I think they make it into a much bigger production than it needs to be. It is simply becoming familiar with a passage over a few weeks that you can now repeat it aloud. The way that has worked best for me is to have it written or printed on 5×8 cards. (I find memorizing passages much easier than memorizing single verses.)
Are you struggling with forgiveness, a particular sin, or how GOD views you as His child? Look up passages in BibleGateway.com to find the best verse, find the surrounding verses and choose your passage. I find if the version is too modern, it is more difficult to memorize. That is why I settled on ESV. You may make a different choice. It’s good to be consistent in the version you memorize.
Then lug it around with you. Read it over often. Have it in the car with you for when you get delayed in traffic. I tend to memorize a thought at a time. It’s not the only way to go. You may have a better way to memorize that works best for you. This is the way that works for me.
It’s great to work on when you are folding clothes, ironing, doing some other types of housework. Honestly, I tend to do it in spurts. I have known people who do it regularly.
All of us tend to have a voice in our heads that is condemning, accusing, belittling and worse. It definitely isn’t GOD’s voice to us. The more we memorize GOD’s Word and recognize what He has to say to us, the more we can speak to that negative voice in our heads that does not come from Him!
As you practice repeating GOD’s Word in your mind, memorizing it in your heart and meditating on it, you will grow to love what it has to say in ways you never would otherwise.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.[b]
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness
Psalm 145:3-7 ESV