The challenge of memorizing Scripture is not just memorizing it the first time, but remembering it after that. I have spent much time memorizing large portions of Scripture that I did not review and therefore could not remember months later. To remedy this, I use a Scripture Memory Review System.
Memorizing Scripture is challenging. It is often challenging because, as a culture, we are not in the habit of memorizing. However, the more you do it (and the earlier you teach your children to learn it), the more accustomed our minds will become to it. Don’t quit because it is hard at first; keep training your memory muscle and it will become stronger.
Memorizing Scripture and using a review system also takes time. Is it worth it?
- How important is it to understand who God is and his will for our lives (Eph 5:15-17)?
- How important is it to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:1-2; Psalm 19:7-14)?
- How can we live out our freedom in Christ from sin (Psalm 119:9-11; Matt 4:1-11; John 8:31-32)?
- How can we have victory in the spiritual battle and escape from deception (Eph 6:10-17; Col 3:16; Titus 1:9)?
- How can we be equipped for every good work (1 Tim 3:16-17)?
- How can we be sure to grow, bear spiritual fruit, and enjoy success in all we do (Psalm 1:1-3)?
Here is David’s conclusion about the words of the Lord,
“More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned; In keeping them there is great reward!”
I have written out in detail how I memorize Scripture and the system and charts I use for reviewing what I've memorized, if you would like to use it.