Sing the Psalms

19th January, 2011 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

How well do you memorize Scripture? Do the words “memorize Scripture” seem like being asked to do something impossible?

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, memorizing Scripture was easy for me.My desire is still there, but it’s not as easy. A couple years ago I found a way to help me learn and remember the Psalms … sing them. I listen to Psalms  and sing along as I drive from here to there in my car. Now there are about thirty-five Psalms (or parts of Psalms) that I recognize, and though I can’t recite them word for word, I can identify even some more obscure passages from the Psalms when I hear them being read.

What’s been most helpful for me are two sets of CDs by Ian White (named Psalms 123 and Psalms 456 and produced by Little Misty Music).  He sings the words of Psalms  often word by word from the NIV version of the Bible. Some of the tunes are a little tricky to sing, but the benefit of learning Scripture far outweighs the awkwardness of some of the music.

Another thing I appreciate about this music is the way Mr. White brings some of the Bible experiences come to life. When he sings, “When the LORD bought back captives to Zion, we were like men who drearmed”  (Psalm 126:1), I can picture the the exuberant Jews arriving back in Jerusalem after years of exile in Jerusalem and exclaiming, “It’s like a dream come true. To return to Jerusalem … I can’t believe it’s really happening.”

Do you want Scripture to come alive in a new way? Do you  need help memorizing the Psalms? Consider Ian White’s music! I know much these CDs have been a blessing to me.

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