If I have to memorize something, I put it to music! The children have been in homeschooling communities where all their subject material is put to music: history sentences and a timeline, skip-counting, Latin, science facts, geography, and English grammar. I grew up listening to Psalty’s Singing Songbook, and my children were introduced to Steve Green and the Donut Man in their toddling years. Below are a couple of the more ambitious passages that I’ve set to music, with the goal of eventually converting more from my personal devices to this website.
Proverbs 2: Dedicated to Benjamin G. My child, listen to what I say Treasure my commands, tune your ears to wisdom, concentrate on understanding, Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding, Search for them as you would for silver, seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, And you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom, From His mouth come knowledge and understanding, He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity; He guards the path of the just and protects those who are faithful to Him. Then you will understand what’s right, just, and fair And you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, And knowledge will fill you with joy, Wise choices will watch over you, Understanding will keep you safe.
Psalm 139: Dedicated to Jolene W.
Oh Lord, You have searched me and You know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise.
You understand my thoughts from far away;
You comprehend my path and my lying down.
You are acquainted with all my ways;
There’s not a word on my tongue, but You know it altogether.
You have hedged me in behind and before;
You have laid Your hand on me
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit or flee from Your Presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there.
If I go down to the depths, Or ride the wings of morning,
If I dwell in the farthest oceans…
Even there, Your hand will guide me,
And Your right hand, it shall support me.
I could ask the darkness to hid me
And the light to become night,
But even in darkness, I cannot hide;
To You the night shines as bright as day.
Dark and light are both alike to You.
You made all my delicate, inward parts,
Knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise You, for I am wonderfully made;
Your workmanship is marvelous!
My frame was not hidden from You
When I was made in secret, as I was woven within the womb.
You saw me before I was born,
And in Your book is written all my days, every moment.
O God, how precious are Your thoughts toward me;
How very great is the sum of them.
I can’t even count them, for they outnumber the grains of sand,
And when I wake up, You’re still with me.
O that you would slay the wicked;
Depart from me, Satan—
Your lies blaspheme the truth of God.
Should I not hate the brokenness that lies all around me,
This broken world, For whom Your heart broke.
Search me, O God, and know my heart.
Test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that would grieve Your heart,
And lead me long the path of everlasting life.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (NIV).
All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for instruction, conviction, correction, and training in righteousness (Berean Study Bible).