If you are like me, Scripture memory is not your strong suit. Yet, you want your children to hide Scripture in their hearts. What is a mom who is not good at memory verses to do? Use music! Scripture memory songs set Bible verses to music, making them much easier for children to remember; even very young children. In the sections to follow, you’ll find several resources you can use to help your young children memorize Scripture. Before you know it, you’ll have memorized several verses as well! A win-win for the whole family.
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Scripture Memory Songs
Starting with an oldy but goody: Steve Green’s Hide ‘Em In Your Heart. Produced in the early 1990’s these two volumes of tunes are still popular today. A mix of Bible translations are used and the Scripture memory songs are short and easy to memorize. I listened to these as a child and while I had not thought about them in years, and the words came back instantly when I started playing these songs. Music really does help your child to memorize Scripture!
The songs on Hide ‘Em In Your Heart feature Steve’s voice in some tunes and well-done children’s voices in others. They will likely become a favorite of your children (but are also enjoyable for parents!). Most of the songs are peppy and higher energy, but there are some slower songs as well.
Both Hide ‘Em In Your Heart Volume 1 and Hide ‘Em In Your Heart Volume 2 are available in a variety of formats. Volume 1 has 20 Scripture memory songs and children of all ages will find themselves singing along! Volume 2 has 21 Bible memory verses for kids to hide in their hearts.
Memory Verses for Toddlers
Finding memory verses for toddlers can be particularly challenging. Songs for Saplings: ABC’s is particularly great for the toddler crew as well as preschoolers. Older children will likely find them a bit simple. There is a Scripture memory song for each letter of the alphabet plus verses for several holidays and seasons. Dana Dirksen’s voice is enjoyable to listen to as are the children who sing with her.
The songs are short, most right around one minute and great for short attention spans. The style is folksy with an acoustic guitar used for accompaniment. One of my favorite things is that each song includes the Scripture verse’s reference. While these short songs make great memory verses for toddlers, parents will also find Songs For Saplings: ABC’s to be an album they enjoy just as much as their little ones.
Memory Verses for Preschoolers
The Rizers will quickly become a favorite of dance-loving preschoolers and older children. When it is 5:00 on a rainy day and you just need a dance party to lift the mood, a Rizers album is what you will reach for. There are two albums (Meet The Rizers and Rise Up). You’ll likely be amazed how fast these memory verses for preschoolers and older children are learned while your child is having a blast burning energy.
The Rizers themselves are a group of five animated tween’s who love up-beat music and singing Bible verses. Their albums are available for purchase but all of their songs can be found for free on YouTube, perfect for the rainy afternoon I mentioned! Each video is animated to match the theme of the verse. While not the style of music most parents would probably prefer, I almost guarantee you’ll find yourself tapping your toe and joining the dance party in your living room.
Each song repeats the verse’s reference multiple times making it very easy to memorize. Each song is largely word for word scripture, and each album has a great selection of memory verses for preschoolers as well as older children.
Memory Verses for Kids
School-age children, in particular, will enjoy the Fighter Verse Songs collection by Children Desiring God. This collection contains five albums, each containing 30+ songs that include the Scripture reference. A variety of artists sing on each album and each album contains a variety of styles.
These songs tend to use verses that are a bit lengthy, so it will likely take several listens before your child memorizes these songs. But, if your child memorized all five albums, they would know close to 200 verses! The Fighter Verse Songs collection is a great complication of memory verses for kids. These songs are taken word-for-word from the English Standard Version (ESV).
Even More Memory Verses for Kids
I highly recommend all of the albums I’ve mentioned so far, but this next group is a serious contender for the top of the list. Seeds Family Worship has produced a collection of 11 albums full of word-for-word scripture. Albums 7-11 are taken from the ESV translation (albums 1-6 are NIV).
The Scripture memory songs on each album are centered around a theme. I love this because by learning an album, your children will have learned a set of memory verses regarding ‘courage’, or ‘faith’, or ‘praise’. These memory verses for kids (and adults!) are geared towards school age kids, but younger siblings will enjoy listening as well.
This collection has songs containing single Scripture verses as well as short passages. The style varies from fun and energetic to laid back an acoustic. Check out their website for all sorts of great resources.
Scripture Memory Songs: Lullabies
This last collection is my personal favorite. I listened to the Hidden In My Heart albums by Scripture Lullabies on repeat during my Little Lady’s first very (very) fussy months while I rocked her to sleep. These three albums are oh so very calming and peaceful. There is not much better than having the Word of God sung over you to calm an tired heart.
If you are looking for music to play during your child’s quiet time, to calm down the pre-supper craziness, or to listen to when your heart is anxious, Hidden In My Heart will end your search. These beautifully done songs are easy to memorize and an incredibly peaceful way to hide God’s Word in your heart.
It is never too early (or late!) to start teaching your children to have a high view of the Scripture and help them hide God’s word in their hearts. While there is definitely a lot to be said for traditional memorization, many of us remember things much more easily when set to song. Most of us still remember the ABC song and other songs from our toddler and preschool years.
When God’s word is at the forefront of our hearts and minds, it is easier to incorporate Scripture into everyday conversations with our children. “Remember that verse? What does God say about this?”. Check out these resources and let me know your thoughts! Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know! I’m always looking for more resources! Sharing is caring. If you think your mom friends would find this list helpful, please share!
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