Over the years, my satisfaction with the word of God has moved me to write songs to various passages. To date I have over nine hours of Bible passages set to music–over 100 full or partial chapters of the Bible (see my growing list here). If that sounds like I’m boasting in the broadness of my phylactery (Matthew 23:5), I assure you I am not. When I look at the number of passages I have sung versus the number of passages I have yet to write music for, I’m ashamed at how much of the Bible I do not know with my whole heart, the way I know these ones. It’s a mere sliver.
And yet, I am not discouraged. Each passage that I sing is bound to my forehead, as it were, right where God wants it, ever before me, rattling in front of my eyes where I can’t forget about it. Haven’t you ever Read More…
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That’s right. I happen to believe that one of the underlying assumptions of the Bible writers is that, being the record of the very words of God, the Bible deserves and requires a significant investment of our intense attention, energy, and time. Job 28 compares the wisdom of God to a treasure mine. Because the Bible contains the infinite treasures of God’s wisdom, we should, like miners who have discovered, say, a diamond mine, put whatever amount of work is required to find and get that treasure for ourselves. Memorization, in my opinion, is one very powerful way of “digging.”
I’m speaking from experience here. Never has my spiritual walk been more energized than when I began ingesting massive amounts of it by memorization to music. I know for a fact I’m not the only one. Comments, anyone? I know you’re out there!
Does the Bible want to be memorized? I think so, and here are a few reasons why: Read More…
2015 SHEMA Bible Choir is my big, delicious project every spring. It’s a concert of kids and young adults who memorize and perform an hour of Scripture to music. (Just for fun, SHEMA stands for Sing His Epic Mighty Acts, but really it’s a Hebrew word that means “listen,” as in “Shema, oh Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.”)
In March 2013, we started with 30 kids and young adults singing five chapters from Revelation. The next year, we grew to over 70, and the following year we were at a whopping 104! Praise God for so many young people zealous to write his word on their hearts and share with others!
Click on this link to watch a great video of my husband, John, explaining the purpose and vision of SHEMA to our city’s newspaper. 2015 SHEMA Bible Choir (coverage in Visalia Times-Delta)