Best Way To Learn Bible Verses 2022: Teaching Scripture Memorization Through Music


Do you help your children learn to memorize passages from the Bible? Memorization is something that comes fairly naturally to a lot of children. I’m guessing it has something to do with the developing parts of the brain. Scripture memorization was a part of our daily routine when our children were younger so that they could absorb God’s word. During the course of one year, they committed almost the entirety of the book of James to memory. Without a doubt, that is a significant accomplishment.

However, learning new material can be difficult. We have access to a variety of resources that can assist us in memorizing information and words, whether it be the Bible, multiplication tables, or a foreign language. We use songs, written work, pictures, and repetitions learned by heart.

Psalms were the sole focus of worship at the church I attended when I was growing up. We used something called a psalter, which was a book that contained all 150 psalms in numerical order, with each one having its own music and meter. Additionally, we sang these without accompaniment. My ability to read music, as well as my rhythm and singing voice, improved significantly as a result of singing these songs every Sunday. But what’s more important is that I was able to commit a lot of God’s word to memory because I sang it every week.

The Board of Education and Publication of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America holds the copyright for the year 1973.

Even though it’s been twenty years since I last regularly attended a church that sang the psalms, I can still recite many of the psalms word for word thanks to the fact that I’ve memorized them. And for that, I cannot express enough gratitude.

There are several reasons why it makes sense to utilize psalm singing to memorize scripture:

  • Music is known to be a powerful memory retention tool.
  • The psalms were written to be sung in worship to God, not just read.
  • Singing in rhyme helps boost levels of acetylcholine, which is associated with memory.
  • Many psalms are short, which means even young children can memorize them.
  • Studying the psalms is a wonderful way to combine lessons in bible, literature, history, and music.
  • Singing psalms together in family worship time is a blessing
  • When kids sing the same songs repeatedly, they memorize without realizing their brain is retaining the words.

Let’s look at one of my favorites, Psalm 46.

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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Now, let’s see it set to music.

The pictures that were just posted are from an older edition of the RPCNA Psalter; however, there is a more recent edition available with more recent verses and tunes. Both of those things can be bought here.

Even though some of the words have been changed so that they rhyme better, the overall meaning has not been affected in any way.

Your child will be able to play this psalm on the piano and pick up the tune if you provide them with the sheet music. The fact that many of the psalms contained in a psalter are set to well-known hymn tunes is one of the things that makes reading the music easier. The time spent in worship as a family can now also include this enjoyable activity. Children enjoy singing, and what could be more enjoyable than singing back to God the words that he has given us?

The scriptures can be ingrained in our memories in a way that is both helpful and enjoyable by singing them. In addition, singing the Psalms, which have always been intended to be sung, is an easy and efficient way to commit scripture to memory.

In order to better memorize scripture, what helpful tools do YOU use?

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