Scripture Memorization and Meditation

students share tips on engrafting God’s Word in your heart

An ATI Student Writes…

“I would like to be more disciplined in memorizing and meditating on Scripture. Does anyone have some practical tips or encouragement that could help me in this area?”

Student Comments

Creative Ideas

When I want to memorize a chapter, I write the first letter of each word in the first verse on an index card. I also copy the punctuation. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” becomes “Wswst? Swcis, tgma?” I read it over a few times and quickly come to the place where I remember the verse just by looking at the first letters.

I don’t need to have the verse down perfectly the first day, because I try to review each day as I work on memorizing the rest of the chapter. Reviewing is very important when using this method of memorization because what you learn quickly, you can loose quickly. Each day, I try to add a new verse and review the previous verses in the chapter.

I’m grateful to a missionary to Columbia, South America, who shared with me the basic idea for this method. I have found it to be very helpful.

Example:
Romans 6

  1. Wswst? Swcis, tgma?
  2. Gf. Hsw, tadts, lalt?
  3. (Etc…)

Another idea I heard went something like this. Take a dry-erase board and write on it the verse you want to learn. Next, read it over. Now, erase the first word. Read through the verse, again, mentally filling in the blank. Then, erase the second word and read through it again, like before. Keep repeating until all of the words have been erased. Hopefully, by then you will have memorized the verse.

Using Scripture songs is a neat way for a family to memorize together. One family came up with tunes for some chapters of Scripture. The mother thought of a tune for the first verse in the chapter during morning devotions and then the children would sing along. When the mother and children had that verse down (maybe after a couple of days), they went on to the second verse. The tunes weren’t always “professional” quality, but that wasn’t the point—the goal was to hide the Words of Life in their hearts.

—Ben Gribaudo from Maryland

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