Better Bible Study Tip #2: Don’t Just Read – Memorize

I know a lot of people cringe at the thought of memorizing scripture. “It’s hard.” “It’s boring”. “I have access to my Bible on my phone 24/7, so what’s the point?” But hear me out.

Yes, Bible memory takes work. You have to put in the time to repeat verses to yourself over, and over, and over, and over. But the beauty of Bible memorization is found in that continual repetition.

Consider what is written in Psalm 1:

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;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 1:1-3

Rather than filling his mind with the unwholesome thoughts of ungodly people, the blessed man meditates God’s law “day and night.”

When you repeat scripture to yourself, there’s a good chance that you will notice something during the 20th repetition that you missed during the 3rd or 4th repetitions.

When you repeat scripture to yourself, it literally fills your mind with those scriptures, which in turn can to transform your mind (Rom. 12:2).

When you repeat scripture to yourself, it makes it easier to recall those scriptures during times when they are helpful, such as times of temptation (Mt. 4:1-11), times of teaching (Mt. 12:3-7), and times of prayer (Mt. 27:46).

Don’t settle for just memorizing a verse here or there. My three year old can do that. Easy Bible memory is boring Bible memory. Do something more challenging. Memorize a whole paragraph. Memorize a whole chapter. Memorized a whole section. Memorize a whole book. The bigger the section is, the longer it will take you to memorize it, and the more you will have to repeat it to yourself. Plus, you will end up grasping the context better, which will make the process far more interesting and beneficial.

Still cringe at the idea of Bible memory? Do you think “I’m just not good at memorization”? Here’s an alternative suggestion that can yield many of the same results. Pick a book of the Bible and read it cover to cover thirty times in a row. Yes, thirty times. Chances are, by the time you finish, you will feel like you are pretty close to having it memorized. You will still get the benefits of meditation, repetition, and you will become far more familiar with the book.

Yes, it will take some time, but all good Bible study takes effort. Having a Bible app conveniently on your phone is helpful, but having scripture engrained into your mind is even better.