Memorizing Scripture is a good way to hide it in your heart (Ps 119:11) and to meditate on it day and night (Josh 1:8; Ps 1:2). It's also an effective weapon in combatting temptation (cf. Mt 4:1-11). And what if one day, as in other countries, the Bible is taken from us? Memorized Scripture will become a rich treasure.
If you are looking for a Scripture memory plan, I offer you mine as an example.
I use 3x5 note cards. On one side I write the verse to be memorized. On the other side I write the Scripture reference in the upper left-hand corner.
Three to four times a week (during my prayer time at the church), I pick up the stack of cards, reference side up, and work through a few of the cards. I read the reference, quote aloud the verse from memory, and flip the card and read the verse as it's written. Then I place it on the bottom of the stack, reference side down.
When I get through the stack--and I know that when I come to a card that is reference side down instead of reference side up--I shuffle the cards for the next run-through.
At the top of the stack every day are the new verses I'm learning and the verses I misquoted when I last had the stack in my hands.
Each time I finish working through the stack, I add 2-3 new verse cards. They always stay on top of the stack, as well as the 2-3 verse cards I added last time. Just under these cards are the verses I misquoted last time.
So here's the "order of events" when I work through my cards:
- Quote new cards (usually 5-6) and set them to the side
- Quote misquoted old cards from last time (hopefully none; sometimes as many as 5)
- Quote several old cards (cards quoted correctly go on the bottom of the stack; cards misquoted are set aside)
- Quote misquoted cards from this go-around and place them on top of the stack
- Quote new cards again and place them on top of the stack
What Verses to Select
The fun is in picking out verses to memorize. I have selected verses for a whole host of reasons.
--Select verses to help you combat particular temptations. (I memorized Mt 6:25-34 to help combat anxiety and Prov 14:29 to combat anger.)
--Select verses that you think you should know. (Recent examples for me include 2 Cor 5:21 and Acts 4:12.)
--Memorize whole chapters, 3 verses at a time. (For me Ps 33, Ps 103, and Heb 11)
--Memorize verses that strike you during a sermon or your devotional time. (This is how I've selected many of them, like my newest 3: Dt 8:2; Jn 21:18-19; Rom 14:17.)
--Memorize verses that are formative to your thinking about some aspect of theology. (For me, Eph 5:18 and Jn 7:37-39 for my thinking on the filling of the Holy Spirit, and Rom 6:8-13 for my understanding of our relationship to sin as Christians)
--Memorize verses that encourage you. (Lam 3:21-23 has ministered to me countless times.)
--Select passages that you find beautiful. (2 Sam 1:17-27, to me, is a beautiful lament and eulogy to Saul and Jonathan.)
--Memorize passages that help aim your life in the way it should be aimed. (Ps 27:4)
--Select passages that give you perspective when times get tough. (Mt 5:11-12; Rev 2:10; Acts 5:41)
--Memorize Scriptures that are just fun to know. (1 Kings 20:11; Jud 14:18)