Today through Sunday we’re laying the foundation for memorizing a Bible chapter together, one step at a time. On Monday, Day 5, we’ll memorize our first verse!
1. Pray about what to memorize
These tools will work for any passage you want to memorize. Pick your own. But for this series, our examples will be with Isaiah 12:1-6. (Even if it’s not the passage you choose, you’ll probably have it memorized by default by October 31 if you read through each day’s posts.) Our Hide His Word memory group (HHW) through Do Not Depart is also currently learning Isaiah 12. It’s short; it’s relevant; it’s encouraging.
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance for what message he wants you to soak in.
2. Old Testament or New Testament?
Something long or short? Something relevant for this season, or a standard for all time? Something you can learn with your kids or on your own?
You have many options. My pattern is to alternate learning something from these four genres (but only one at a time!):
- Old Testament Psalms
- New Testament Gospel
- anything other than Psalms in the Old Testament
- New Testament letter
I also alternate between shorter chapters and longer chapters. Variety helps me stay motivated.
3. Partial or whole?
It doesn’t have to be a whole chapter either. Split it into parts. Or leave out a section. When I (attempted to) memorize Philippians, I intentionally omitted Philippians 2:19-30 because they weren’t as relevant and I was overloaded as it was. That’s okay. There are no rules! (Repeat that often.)
If you’re doing this for your own spiritual discipline, this is between you and God, and you two can change it up to fit your unique situation.
4. Get suggestions from others.
- Ask friends/family for their favorite scriptures
- Choose something your Bible class or small group is studying
- Look at my favorite chapters to memorize
* Pick a version and stick with it.
Which version should you use? Remaining undecided can sabotage your whole effort. Just choose the version you study in the most and go with it. You can aways change your mind later. At HHW our default version is ESV (that’s what I’ll use during this 31 Days), but other favorites include KJV, NKJV, and NIV.
* Don’t bite off too much.
If you’ve not memorized a chunk of scripture before, don’t choose a huge goal, like three chapters of the Sermon on the Mount. Start with something smaller like a Psalm or just a section of the Sermon on the Mount.
* Join Hide His Word (HHW) on Facebook.
I’ll refer often to the HHW group, and point you to materials we’ve created there with Do Not Depart. You’re welcome to join the group now just to have a look around, even if you don’t want to participate.
* Want a jump start?
Go ahead and start memorizing Isaiah 12:1 now. We’ll spend all next week on it together.
There’s no right or wrong method to use or passage to memorize. You don’t have to memorize anything!
God just wants you to be present with him and his truths, and scripture memory is one avenue for that.
Trust that he will be even more delighted than you that you’ll be spending concerted time together during the next 31 days.
- Full-page printout of Isaiah 12
- 8 reasons to memorize Isaiah 12
- My favorite Bible verses/chapters to memorize
- Hide His Word memory group on Facebook
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Do you have a favorite version to memorize in? A favorite part of the Bible to memorize? What chapter will you be memorizing? Please share in the comments.
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