With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Memorizing Psalm 40

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Memorizing Psalm 40

Our pastor reminded us of Psalm 40 and my sweet friend Phyllis, inspired me to memorize it. For almost twelve years, Phyllis has been seriously committing Scripture to memory. She shares on her blog On Wallin Pond a great way of helping accomplish this goal.

I have great difficulty memorizing anything so this will be a challenge for me. But I am going to do my best.

Psalm 40
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.
4 Blessed is the man
who makes the LORD his trust,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods. [a]
5 Many, O LORD my God,
are the wonders you have done.
The things you planned for us
no one can recount to you;
were I to speak and tell of them,
they would be too many to declare.
6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but my ears you have pierced;
burnt offerings and sin offerings
you did not require.
7 Then I said, "Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.
8 I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart."
9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips,
as you know, O LORD.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
from the great assembly.
11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD;
may your love and your truth always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased, O LORD, to save me;
O LORD, come quickly to help me.
14 May all who seek to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"
be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation always say,
"The LORD be exalted!"
17 Yet I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O my God, do not delay.


Mildred said...

Good Morning, I have difficulty with memorizing too. Thank you for the passage this morning and the link to Phyllis' blog. Wishing you a wonderful Autumn day!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I hope you meet your goal!! Love the verses, some of my favorites!

Janice said...

Thanks for the link to the japanese dolls, I've left something on my blog for you HERE

marie said...

Memorization is difficult for me too. I'll be praying that you have success with Psalm 40. It's one of my favortie Psalms. I loved reading it today!

The Watts Family said...

I have a hard time with memorization as well, but that does not mean we should not try. I really think it is life changing the more of Gods word we tuck in our hearts. And I can think of so many times it has brought comfort and strength knowing those words when no bible was handy~ Psalm 40 is a beautiful Psalm to remember Good Luck ~

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

I have a hard time memorizing anything, so good luck with your efforts. I know you will be able to, as God is ever tuned to us.I try to memorize scripture too. It is so refreshing to be able to bring certain scriptures back to our mind. But it seems I can only do one verse at a time.LOL I love anything in Psalms, and this was a great one, thank you for sharing.


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