Day 9

Meditation & Memorization



Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119:11, Matthew 4:1-11, 2 Timothy 3:14-17

BY Kristie Anyabwile

I don’t have an excellent memory or attention span, so I never really thought I could remember large portions of Scripture. I was content with picking up verses here and there as I studied, read, or listened to sermons. And I thought it was pretty cool if the pastor happened to be reading through a passage and I could follow along from memory every few verses or so.

Fast forward a few years later, when our pastor challenged our church to memorize the entire book of 1 Timothy. I found a little guide on extended Scripture memorization, and a group of us decided to take one chapter each and commit it to memory. This gave me confidence that I could do more, so I decided to work slowly toward memorizing a whole book of the Bible. Again, our pastor challenged the congregation to memorize it as he preached through short sections each week.

I decided to memorize one verse each day. I broke the verse down into two or three parts, focused on learning shorter sections, and then put the whole verse together. Once I had a few verses memorized, I worked on understanding what I’d read by following the argument of the author or the storyline presented. That’s when I saw how memorization and meditation work together. 

Memorization is the ability to recall what you’ve read verbatim, so I had to practice a lot! I’d listen to a verse on audio while brushing my teeth or taking a shower or folding laundry, while waiting in the carpool line or shopping. I filled my downtime with the Word of God. Eventually, it became a sweet habit, and I found myself rehearsing God’s Word throughout the day.

Meditation is an ongoing conversation between the Holy Spirit and yourself about what you’re learning in God’s Word. In this way, you learn to hide His Word in your heart (Psalm 119:11) and discover meaningful ways to apply it to your life. Through the practice of meditation, I found myself starting to incorporate verses of Scripture into my prayer life. Soon, I found that I had God’s Word ready to encourage a friend. When I couldn’t sleep at night, I would rehearse my verses and fall asleep with God’s Word on my lips.

I have experienced the truth of Deuteronomy 6:6 that says, “These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart.” Even in more anxious times—through the whirring of the MRI scanner or when counting down as the anesthesia put me to sleep—God’s Word came to mind, comforting me. God’s Word, memorized over days and weeks and months, had made its way from my eyes and ears and mouth to my heart. And out of the abundance of what was in my heart, my mouth began to continually speak the words of life and truth to myself and to others (Matthew 12:34).

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101 thoughts on "Meditation & Memorization"

  1. Diane Mom says:

    I highly recommend an app called Remember Me. It’s free for Android. It gives lots of ways of customizing the verses, games to play with the words, reads them to you. Check it out. I love it!

  2. Ashlyn B says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! My son is 2.5 as well. I look forward to listening to this album with him.

  3. Kailee Tidball says:

    Hunter Beless from the Joirneywomen podcast has a lot of helpful advice on her instagram about large portion scripture memory if anyone is interested

  4. Ellen Daniels says:

    Scripture memorization got me through running a full marathon with my husband! It also was such a time of closeness with the Lord!!

  5. Rae-Ann Lentz says:

    They are also on shereadstruth.com

  6. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord i thank you

  7. Ashley Simpson says:

    I like writing out my favorite Bible verses, and taping them to the side of my bedside table! It’s the first thing I see when I wake up each morning, and that has really helped with memorization!

  8. Caitie Webster says:

    I love this today. It was laid on my heart at the end of last year that I should learn prayer meditation and weave it into the monotonous tasks of life as a human, as the author mentioned, doing laundry, brushing my teeth or working the grocery list at the store. I appreciated the description of meditation as a continuous conversation with the Holy Spirit as it relates to the Word and look forward to reminding myself of that as to continue this journey.

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