by T. Caleb Dye
In Psalm 119:15-16, the psalmist says, “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your words.” This past spring, I finished reading through the Bible for the fourth time, and although I am continuing to read through the Bible, I decided that I wanted to do something different to help me get deeper into God’s Word. I thought about reading a few different commentaries, but after discussing with some friends I decided that Scripture memorization would be something that would not only deepen my focus on the Word, it would really help me to understand the Bible better. I decided to commit to Galatians and see if I can memorize the whole book by the end of the year.
I am closing in on three months of trying to memorize Scripture, and there are many things that I have noticed which have come from undertaking this task. First off, I have word-for-word Scripture with me wherever I go. It doesn’t matter if I have a Bible or not. I can go back and meditate on Scripture at any given time. It also gives me something to do that is much more enriching than looking at my phone or checking Facebook or ESPN. It actually has not affected me at all spending less time on social media. Finally, one of the best takeaways from Scripture memorization is the fact that I am arming myself against Satan and his evil army. John 10:10 tells us that the thief came only to steal, kill, and destroy. We have to be able to battle back against evil, and the Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God (Eph. 6:17). I need to sharpen my sword and keep it ready to defend against and attack Satan!
Memorizing Scripture does not have to be a difficult task, and with a few key tricks you can memorize scripture in length much faster than you think. We will use the book of Philemon as an example of how to memorize Scripture. Write the first verse on an index card or piece of paper and take it with you throughout the day. Whenever you have some spare time just take it out and work on committing it to memory. If you spend just a few moments a day on it, you will soon know it. When you have it fairly well, add another verse. Work on saying the new verse by itself, but also work on saying them together. Once you have those down well, add another verse. There are 25 verses in the book of Philemon. You could probably have the whole book memorized in 40 days. Get someone to do it with you so that you have help, and don’t be discouraged if you have some time where you can’t work on it or get behind. This has happened to me multiple times, but the main idea is to slowly chip away at it, and before you know it, you will reach your goal.
This has helped me greatly in accomplishing my goal of getting deeper into the Word. By spending so much time memorizing Galatians, I have spent much more time meditating on it as well.