As Christians, we want to follow God’s plan in our lives. One of those plans He has clearly laid out for us is to commit His word to memory. He says in the Psalms that we should “hide His word in our hearts that we might not sin against Him.” He also says that His word is a “lamp for our feet and a light for our path.” Those are awesome promises, but they don’t do much good unless we store his scripture in our hearts so that when the time comes, we know it.
The Bible is a big book with lots and lots of memorable passages. There are an unlimited number of passages that would be helpful to have in your mind and heart when you need them. However, in an attempt to give a starting point for beginners, here is a collection of verses that will give you something to hang onto for a variety of life circumstances.
If you are new to The Hill Hangout or are new to the idea of memorizing Bible passages, you can click here to learn why we memorize, and you can click here to read about our family’s method for memorizing. If you already have a method of memorizing scripture (or anything else) that works for you, by all means, use it. But if you are new to the idea of committing GOd’s word to memory and want a step-by-step method that can’t help but work, you can use our plan.
Are you ready for God to rock your world as you commit His truths to memory?
1. Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
2. Matthew 6: 31-33 – “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and HIs righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
3. Isaiah 43:2-3 – “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
4. 1 Peter 3:3-4 – “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
5. Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”
6. Titus 3:3-5 – “At one time we were foolish, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”
7. 2 Timothy 3:16 – “All scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.”
8. James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
9. Psalm 121:1-2 – “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
10. Joshua 1:9 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
11. Genesis 18:14 – “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
12. I Thessalonians 4:11-12 – Make it your ambition to live a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
13. Philippians 4:8 – “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
14. 1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has seized you except that which is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you an stand up under it.”
15. Acts 16:31 – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”
16. John 14:6 – “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except through Me.”
17. Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”
18. Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
19. Psalm 19:14 – “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
20. Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
21. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
22. James 4:7 – “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
23. Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
24. Ephesians 6:12 – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
25. Jeremiah 29:11 – “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.'”
As you commit God’s word to memory, it’s amazing how it becomes part of your thoughts every day. It truly does become a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. May we store it in our hearts so that we might not sin against Him. He is worth it!