Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Twelve Psalms to Memorize


I have chosen twelve specific Psalms to memorize in the next few months.

I have treasured each of these Psalms for one reason or another since I was a youth, so I know portions of them already.

However, my goal now is to know every one of them so well that I won't need any prompt at all to be able to say them to myself when I am without my Bible, like when I go hiking, or so that I won't need a Bible to be able to share them with others.

I feel compelled to plant the word of deeper than ever before.  

Teaching my kids classically is showing me the value and usefulness of memorizing precious information.  And it is showing me that "knowing" something and really knowing something are two very different things.

I want to really know Scripture.

When I consider the more distant future, when I imagine who I want to be and what I want to be capable of when I am old, I always imagine a wrinkled, but lively old woman who can tell her grandchildren Bible stories in vibrant detail without her Bible in hand.

So, now, in the same way that I educate my children, strategically, I begin with the end the that I desire for myself in mind, and I plot my course.

I want to start equipping that old woman, myself, for the noble future that she desires to give herself and her children's children.

Perhaps she will not live that long, but perhaps she will! 

And so, here is the list of Psalms I chose:

Psalm 1
Psalm 19
Psalm 23
Psalm 42
Psalm 51
Psalm 63
Psalm 91
Psalm 92
Psalm 100
Psalm 103
Psalm 119:1-32 (This one is so long, but it's a favorite, so I chose it, but I decided to focus on the first portion.)
Psalm 139

To remember and recognize the ones I am memorizing, I used a colored pencil to "highlight" the numbers, as you can see in the photo at the top.

I think once I know these well enough, I will record myself reciting them one at a time and share them here for fun and for accountability.


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