Memorizing scripture should be part of every Christian’s life, starting with the youngest of the littles and going right on up through adults.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. –Psalm 119:11
What better way to be comforted by the Word in times of hardship, to be corrected by the Word in times of sin, and to learn from the Word in all times? I’m just going to skip to the ending and tell you that there isn’t a better way. You have to memorize scripture.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. –2 Timothy 3:16
My family works on memorization every day at dinner time. Here’s what and how we do it. We work on verses like those above, but we also work on verses about God’s goodness, grace, and love.
It’s important to bathe our children in the Word so that the Holy Spirit can remind them of it in times of need.
Here are some verses you can work on with your kids this summer:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” –John 14:6
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! –2 Corinthians 5:17
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. –Romans 8:28
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? –Psalm 27:1
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. –Joshua 1:9
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. –Psalm 119:105
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. –Philippians 4:13
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding –Proverbs 3:5-6
Do everything in love. –1 Corinthians 16:14
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. –Matthew 5:16
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. –Colossians 3:23
Do to others as you would have them do to you. –Luke 6:31
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. –Psalm 107:1
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. –Psalm 139:14
The Joshua Code and I Can Learn the Bible are a cool set of Bible memory aides that match up so families can memorize verses together! The Joshua Code has an adult devotional for each weekly memory verse, and the Joshua Code for Kids has the same verse with a kid-friendly devotional. You’ll be learning the same verses at the same time, and you can use my system to do it!