You likely have equivalent to 6.83% of the whole Bible already memorized in long-term memory!?!
Did you know that...
Between hymns, songs on the radio, annoying ad jingles & other random songs, How many songs can you basically sing every word to?
Just think about it...
It is said that the average American probably has over 500 songs memorized in long-term memory
That's equivalent to:
(Average short song has about 100 consecutive words)
That's more than:
- The book of Genesis (38,262 words)
- All minor prophets (30,293 words)
- Galatians through Jude (35,310 words)
- The book of Psalms (42704 words)
- Revelation 5x over (11,952 words)
That's equivalent to:
of the entire Bible Memorized!
(~50,000 words memorized of the ~738,000 words in the entire Bible!)
You have that much verbatim text accidentally memorized in long-term memory over the years!
If we have ‘accidentally’ memorized that much useless text, how much more could we intentionally memorize the most useful text ever!
That's what God has called us to do at By the Book
By the Book develops word-for-word playful catchy tracks as a powerful tool for memorizing entire books of the Bible!
God & Brain Science: Why music works
How Did God design Our Brain?
Most scripture memory programs boil down to rote memory. They usually don’t tell you how to memorize, but tell you that you should memorize & they offer some structure, motivation and accountability…but you’re still on your own with rote memory. But what actually is rote memory? Is it the most effective way that God designed our brains to memorize text?
When you memorize rote, your brain has to remember every single word and the order that it comes in. It is initially filed into short-term memory. When you ‘review’ you are actually having to partially re-memorize the passage. If you don’t review and continually put the verse back into short-term memory, it will fall out after a while.
Musical Memory…Eternal Super Glue:
When you memorize to music, your brain only has to remember the first word and the rest comes out as one big chunk and is filed directly into long-term memory. It’s like the music is the eternal super glue that strings everything together into long-term memory.
If musical memorization is a powerful piece of God’s design for memory…why doesn't God mention it in his Word?
Well He does...
Check out what God says in Deuteronomy:
Deuteronomy is a book structured as a treaty with Israel where God lays down His law before they live in the land.
“Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the judgments which I am speaking today in your hearing, that you may learn them and be careful to do them. 2 Yahweh our God cut a covenant with us at Horeb.
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as phylacteries between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
God has said throughout all Deuteronomy that Israel must be careful to keep and remember His law.
God climaxes his treaty with blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience.
“Now it will be, if you diligently listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I am commanding you today, Yahweh your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you listen to the voice of Yahweh your God:
When God had something this important that He wanted his people to remember, guess what He charged Moses to do…
…To write a song.
“Now therefore write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. …And when many evils and troubles have come upon them, this song shall confront them as a witness (for it will live unforgotten in the mouths of their offspring).”