“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”—Psalm 119:11
1. Memorize verses that have helped you. They will do you even more good if you have them ready the next time you need them.
2. Memorize verses where you need help. Jesus used Scripture verses to combat temptation. We can too! Choose verses based on a sin topic that tempts you (i.e. anger, pride, bitterness, covetousness, friends etc.).
3. Memorize phrases, not words. Remember that hiding Scripture in your heart is the goal. Although it is important to get the words right, words have meaning when they are put into phrases. Learn the verse phrase-by-phrase.
4. Learn it by heart. We forget things that we commit to memory, but things that we know “by heart” are things that stay with us (like your ABC’s, hopefully). Psalm 119:11
5. Take it to heart. Don’t just memorize it—LIVE IT.
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.—Psalm 119:9
6. Mark the verses you have memorized. Get a Bible highlighter that won’t bleed through your Bible page. I would encourage you to mark the verses that you have already memorized and any ones you memorize in the future. As you read your Bible, it will remind you that you committed that verse to memory and help you remember to review it.
7. Review verses that you have memorized. You can put them on cards, write them in a journal, make a list, pray them—but in some way you must use them or you will lose them.