Every Sunday at our church we review a verse for memorization. Maybe you are one of the ones who takes part. It’s a great practice. Most of the memorization that I have done has not been the result of sitting down and trying to put a verse to memory. It has come about simply from reading and re-reading texts of Scripture. That said, it is still a valuable practice to work at being able to recite and bring to mind, texts of Scripture, without having to scramble to a concordance, knowing that the Bible says something somewhere about something.
A month ago the Bible Gateway blog posted some handy helps for memorizing Scripture. You can find it here. The very best tip is the last one. “Repeat, repeat, repeat”. And the best way to repeat is to find yourself in the Bile repeatedly. Read whole Books of the Bible in a single setting. Read out loud. Read frequently. Talk to someone else about what you have just read. Pray verses that you have just read.
The verse we are working on this month is Matthew 6:19-21
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
We are memorizing twelve verses between March of this year and March of next. Just one verse a month. We call our verses “Equipping Verses” from II Timothy 3:16-17.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
The theme for the verses this year is the child of God’s delight. What does the Bible say about what gives the true follower of Jesus Christ, real joy? The verse on that theme last month was Psalm 1:1-2
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
One verse a month. That is not onerous and it certainly is helpful. If you are not a part of our church and you’d like to get in on it, please join us. I’ll try to remember to give the verse each month.