The Sing-Song Memory Method

How I use song lyrics to memorize scripture.

Memorizing scripture is a spiritual discipline recommended by church leaders everywhere, and rightly so. Internalizing God’s word renews our minds, transforms our prayers, and gives comfort and encouragement to others. Yet as I say this, I admit, it has not always been my strong suit. I think I memorized The Beatitudes at a church camp contest at age 8–because I thought the prizes were so cool–but other than that,   I neglected to commit verses to memory for about 23 years.  The reasons behind the recommendations as to why I should made sense, but the practice itself always felt like a painstaking discipline, that required staring at text, and repeating verses out loud over and over again in a monotone voice. When I first listened through the New Testament, however, something changed. A number of “new” verses registered as familiar because I could match them up with a line from a worship song. I began to wonder if songs could make scripture memorization a more dynamic, and even fun process. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that most people can easily recall lyrics from the hit songs in their middle school days, or that the advertisements use catchy tunes to grab our attention.

Words strung together in lyrics and paired with a melody will adhere to the mind and the soul like gorilla glue. Picking out verses in songs isn’t meant to substitute the contextual read, but it can certainly provide a starting place for depositing verses to your memory word bank. In my experience, the sing-song method works in two ways: while reading the Bible, words on the page will trigger a song. And in turn, when singing the songs, the lyrics will trigger a verse.

Enjoy the links and lyrical analysis below, and expect more songs to come.

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“Shoulders” Lyrics

When confusion’s my companion  Psalm 77:1-2
And despair holds me for ransom  
I will feel no fear Isaiah 41:10
I know that You are near Psalm 34:18

When I’m caught deep in the valley Psalm 23:4
With chaos for my company Psalm 42: 6-8
I’ll find my comfort here John 16: 33
‘Cause I know that You are near

[Chorus:]
My help comes from You Psalm 121:2
You’re right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders 1 Peter 5:7Psalm 81:6
Your shoulders 

My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue Psalm 71:1Psalm 62:5
I don’t have to see to believe that You’re lifting me up on Your shoulders Matthew 11: 28-30

You mend what once was shattered Psalm 147:3
And You turn my tears to laughter Psalm 30:11
Your forgiveness is my fortress  Ephesians 1:7-10
Oh Your mercy is relentless Ephesians 2: 4-5

[Chorus:]

Repeat
My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue
I don’t have to see to believe that You’re lifting me up on Your shoulders Hebrews 11:1

*all further lyrics have already been quoted above*

Your shoulders
My help is from You
Don’t have to see it to believe it 
My help is from you

Don’t have to see it, ’cause I know, ’cause I know it’s true
My help is from You
Don’t have to see it to believe it
My help is from you
Don’t have to see it, ’cause I know, ’cause I know it’s true

[Chorus:]

My help comes from You
You’re right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders
Your shoulders

My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue
I don’t have to see to believe that You’re lifting me up on Your shoulders
Your shoulders

My help is from You
Don’t have to see it to believe it
My help is from you
Don’t have to see it, ’cause I know, ’cause I know it’s true

[x3:]

My help is from You
Trying to see it to believe it
My help is from you

Trying to see it, ’cause I know, ’cause I know it’s true

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