32 ways to memorize Scripture

What are some helpful practical tips you have used to memorize Scripture? I recently posed this question online, and I’ve compiled some of the responses below. Whether you want to call it a New Year’s resolution or not, I hope some of these methods help you store up the Bible in your heart during 2013.

There’s lots of apps for that

  • The Fighter Verses app by Desiring God provides quizzes, audio playback, and more, recommended by Ryan ($2.99).
  • The Memorize Now app uses a fill-in-the-blank memory technique, recommended by David ($4.99)
  • The Remember Me app features various memory quizzes and “it stores all your memorized verses and periodically posts your learned verses for review,” said Ryan ($2.99).
  • Memorize Anything was recommended by Jackie. “Using the app,” she writes, “you record the passage you wish to remember, and then you listen to your recording. The cool thing is that there are different levels that cause the recording to fade out allowing you to continue reciting what you are seeking to memorize” ($1.99).
  • Logos 5 has a new scripture memorization tool built in,” Caleb pointed out. “It's really great!”

Free websites

  • Quizlet is a free website Dana suggested that adds interactive features to time-tested flashcard techniques.
  • Memverse.com is a free website that tracks your progress. Philip recommended it as “a fantastic way to learn verses.”
  • “I'm crazy busy and happened to find this really cool tool online through qstream.com,” said Melissa. “Every day you get a Bible verse with words missing and multiple choice answers.”
  • Scripture Typer is a free website and a paid app ($5.99). Beth recommended it as “a cool program that has a few ways that you can practice...you type over the passage but it leaves out every other word [and] calculates your speed and accuracy.”

Creative ways to use your phone

  • “I take screen shots of the Bible app on my iPhone and set that picture as my lock screen,” said Katy. “Every time I look at my phone I see that verse and take a second to repeat it back to myself.”
  • Using his digital calendar, Adam creates tasks out of verses and sets reminders to pop up every three hours. “It works great because it’s plenty of time to forget about it, and then re-code it into my brain.”
  • “Text it to your friends,” said Tyler. “The act of typing it out and reading over it to make sure it's correct helps you memorize.”
  • “I put the Scripture as my wake-up message on my phone so that when I wake up it’s the first thing I see,” said Adam.

Old school: Books, flashcards, and highlighters

  • 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know By Heart : For Scott, this book “was really helpful. The author groups verses together with similar themes, which makes it much easier to memorize.”
  • The Navigators’ versecard holder: “Carry it around everywhere you go,” said Tommy, “and pull out the pack and practice when you have spare time throughout the day.”
  • Chad recommended a free PDF pamphlet by Andrew Davis, which provides helpful tips on memorizing long passages of Scripture.
  • “When I do my devotionals really slowly, marking up my Bible as I go along,” said Jeremy, “I find that the Word gets lodged into my heart and the Holy Spirit brings it to my memory more often. Lots of highlighting and underlining!”

Make it musical

  • Seeds Family Worship CDs are great,” said Rebekkah. “My kids got a couple last Christmas, and my oldest son (3.5) has them all memorized.”
  • Sarah likes G.T. and The Halo Express, originally released “in the 80's on audio cassette… and of course The Rizers.”
  • Mark Altrogge has done some great CDs of memory verses to music for adults,” said Hannah. 
  • Dan recommended The Verses Project, where “each week various artists post a song that is a word-for-word verse for the week.” You can stream and download the songs on the website for free.
  • Sarah’s family makes up their own songs. “I just memorized Psalm 100 with my boys ages 4 and under before Thanksgiving,” she said. “We made up a tune and had it memorized in less than a week.”

Redeem your routine

  • Katelyn said she writes a verse “every so often on my bathroom mirror. I brush my teeth, fix my hair, and do make up reading it. I also write them with dry erase markers on my fridge.”
  • “Write it down on a notecard and put it places you'll see it often,” suggested Janelle. “On your cork board, by your computer screen, on your dashboard—anywhere you can look it over even for a short amount of time!”
  • “I have used a ‘memorizing route,’” said Klaus. He maps out a specific path within his house and mentally attaches a specific passage of Scripture to various rooms and other cues. “You link the words and the visual together.”
  • “I memorize Scripture on my 45-minute commute to/from work,” said Inna. “I pick a chapter for the week and then memorize 3 verses a day.”
  • Some people don’t leave themselves any choice when it comes to memorizing a verse. “I use it for my password,” said Philologus, “the first letter in each word. So John 3:16 would be: ‘fgsltwthghosj3:16.’"
  • Genevieve does her memory work on the treadmill. “I memorized the book of James that way. I printed it out in large font and would do approximately five to seven verses at a time.”
  • “I type them up on card stock and use them as memory verses for hikes,” said Lydia. She kids with friends and family, and they “repeat the verse and test each other. By the end of the hike, most of us have the verse memorized.”

Write it down

  • “Writing it out over and over and speaking it out-loud” helps Amanda. “As you reread and rehearse it out loud, new depth and understand increase...this is basically two spiritual disciplines: memorization and meditation of Scripture!”
  • “Write down the first letter of each word on a notecard,” Shea suggested, “or write the verse on a whiteboard or chalkboard and erase the words one at a time, saying the verse after each erase.”
  • “I'm a visual learning,” said Heidi. “I've learned that visual learners need color and pictures. I write verses down on 5x7 cards and highlight ‘stand out’ words and phrases in several different colors. Then I draw little flowers or borders on the card, place the card on a mirror or computer screen where I can see and read it multiple times per day.”

Pray

  • “Pray first that God would help you,” said Genevieve and several other responders who rightly emphasized the importance of prayer when it comes to memorizing Scripture.
  • “Pray for the wisdom and understanding in the Word,” said Percy, “talk about the context and meaning behind the text with a friend.”
  • Heather said, “Be disciplined but give yourself grace. Pray when you feel tempted to give up, the flesh and the enemy will fight against you.”