In this article, I share some of the best books, articles, apps, and other resources for learning to memorize Scripture.
Every Christian should make a regular practice of memorizing Scripture. David said that he hid God’s Word in his heart so that he might not sin against God (Psalm 119:11). If we want to walk closely with God, be equipped to fight sin, and live a thriving spiritual life, we need to learn to memorize the Bible.
But often we don’t know where to begin. Many of us never learned how to memorize Scripture. But thankfully, there are many resources that can help us learn the valuable spiritual practice of memorizing God’s Word.
“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture.”Chuck Swindoll
Books on Memorizing Scripture
An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture
In it he argues that we should not merely memorize individual verses, but whole sections of Scripture. He also offers a practical method for doing so.
This book explains the biblical practice of meditation (which is fueled by Scripture memorization). If you’re looking for an answer to “why should I memorize the Bible?” this book will give it to you. Here’s my review of God’s Battle Plan for the Mind.
Systems for Bible Memory
This memory system comes from Simply Charlotte Mason and involves using physical index cards. You can even print out recommended passages and purchase index cards and a handcrafted wooden box to hold them.
The instructions and video below outline an easy-to-use system to help your family members develop the habit of memorizing and remembering Scripture. By spending just five or ten minutes a day, you and your children can learn and retain hundreds of verses.
Another popular scripture memory system is the topical memory system (TMS). It’s a step-by-step system that focuses on memorizing some of the most doctrinally rich passages in the Bible.
“developed by The Navigators as a simple, easy-to-use system to help believers memorize key verses that point to basic truths and important instruction. If you want to memorize Scripture but aren’t sure what to memorize or how, this system is the perfect launching point to begin hiding God’s Word in your heart.”
Scripture Memorization Apps & Websites
Bible Memory App (formerly Scripture Typer)
This popular Bible memory app helps you memorize and review verses by engaging as many senses as possible. It does require an in-app purchase to get all of the features.
- Kinesthetic Memory: Type the first letter of each word in a verse to quickly memorize it.
- Visual Memory: Draw Pictures and use Flash Cards.
- Auditory Memory: Record verse audio and playback for hands-free review.
This app and website has tons of built-in plans and even songs to help you memorize the passages.
Another Bible memory app for iOS and Android with tons of games and puzzles that help make the process of memorizing Scripture fun.
Other Bible Memory Resources
- Talk: Hiding God’s Word in Your Heart: You Too Can Memorize Scripture by Mary Mohler
- Scripture Memorization – FBC Durham – A lot of great practical advice in this article. As well as answers to commons excuses we make for not memorizing Scripture, like “I don’t have a good memory.”
- Verse Card Maker – This tool helps you quickly create printable verse cards.
Lastly, here’s a little inspiration. This is Pastor John Piper reciting Psalm 1, Psalm 16, Psalm 103, Romans 5:1-8, Romans 8, Matthew 6:25-34, and 1 Corinthians 13 from memory.
A special thank you to the readers of my weekly newsletter who suggested many of these resources!