Psalm 139

OK, so I may have underestimated the desire of the Sundays to commit themselves to scripture memory… I did a quick twitter saying I was memorizing Psalm 139 and wondered if anyone wanted to join me….well, you all are a dedicated group of ladies (and at least 4 men). I have spent the last few hours trying to get all of my emails answered and then my sweet hubby told me I should just put it on the blog. 

Brilliant.

 So glad I married that one.

If you want to join us, we are memorizing the entire Psalm in 18 days! Psalm and schedule follow:)

Also, I just heard from Betsy at Focus On The Family, and Todd and I will be speaking at their monthly chapel service which is open to the public. It will be on January 23rd from 10:30 am until about noon. If you make it over, please don’t leave without a hug. And also, pray that I can get on the plane in the first place…nobody needs to mention that little issue to Mr. Dobson…

Several of you mentioned that you were in that area so I wanted to pass this along. Thank you so much for your support…

OK friends, it’s time.  Let’s do it!!!!!!
                Psalm 139 (NIV)
1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me 2You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
5You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! 20They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you? 22I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Schedule:
I am starting this tomorrow, but feel free to do it at your own pace. If you choose to begin with me, we will finish on January 1st…what a way to start the New Year!!!
It is so important to have the word of God hidden in our hearts and this one is just amazing and so life-giving.  I grouped the daily verses together in case you want to print them out and make them little note-cards (that’s usually the easiest way for me to memorize scripture).
***You can DO this!!!*** Don’t get discouraged if you get behind.  I am praying for you all as we seek to serve Him with our whole lives.
Let’s get going, girls!!! You’re 18 days away from the power of Psalm 139 in your heart!
Day 1: Memorize verses 1&2
Day 2: Memorize verses 3&4
Day 3: Review/Catch Up
Day 4: Memorize verses 5&6
Day 5: Memorize verses 7&8
Day 6: Review/Catch Up
Day 7: Memorize verses 9&10
Day 8: Memorize verses 11&12
Day 9: Review/Catch Up
Day 10: Memorize verses 13&14
Day 11: Memorize verses 15&16
Day 12: Review/Catch Up
Day 13: Memorize verses 17&18
Day 14: Memorize verses 19&20
Day 15: Review/Catch Up
Day 16: Memorize verses 21&22
Day 17: Memorize verses 23&24
Day 18: Review/ Catch Up
 You can do it!!! Praying alongside you, friends…
Ang
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  • Amy

    I’m up for the challenge. How exciting!?!

  • Prairie Rose

    This is the most beautiful psalm ever… I memorized it once before but found I can no longer recite it from beginning to end, so I’m going to learn it again with you. How could anyone ever struggle with self-esteem with this psalm hidden in their heart?

  • Conny

    I read your blog which I found via another blog that I’d found thru another blog, etc….but I’ve enjoyed “getting to know you”! The title Psalm 139 jumped out at me immediately!!!! I just blogged about Psalm 139 a Sunday or two ago because our pastor preached on it! It is MY FAVORITE place for comfort!! I’m so glad you are memorizing it – I already did!
    God bless! Conny
    http://www.thehutchhaus.blogspot.com

  • Tiffany

    How perfect. This is one of the Psalms my husband and I clinged to while he served in Iraq. I never memorized the entire thing, just had it printed on a card and with me everywhere I went. I will join you, my friend. Thank you for reminding me of so many prayers answered for my hubbies safety. :)

  • Ann-marie

    I’m in! What a beautiful psalm to have in my heart as we leave for 7 weeks in China on Jan 7. Thank you for the challenge…

    Ann-marie
    prague6.blogspot.com

  • Debbie

    I have a hard time memorizing but I am up for the challenge. I think this would be an amazing way to start the new year.

  • Tina:0)

    This passage is so perfect! It fits into sooo many situations (as most do:0))

    I remember memorizing Psalm 23 when I was about 12, one summer while at church camp! I did it in less than a day, so I really like your schedule – will probably take me that long since its been just a few years (lol)! Count me in on this challenge!

  • -stephanie-

    it’s not so much the memorizing, but also the hiding it in your heart. Because with it hidden there, God will pull it out when we need it. He is so good!
    On a side note, we had our church small life group Christmas party tonight, and I won a Selah Greatest Hymns CD. I was so thrilled!
    I felt like a dope after I said “I know him” (your hubby) When the only way I “know him” is because I read your blog. :o D

  • Kaylene

    I’ll accept the challenge! first-time commenter by the way… and new subscriber by rss. thanks for blogging :) I know I can’t say anything meaningful about your testimony that hasn’t already been said, but just so you know I’ve been blessed by it. Blessings.

  • Anita J.

    I am SO in! I love this Psalm (who doesn’t?) and I have always thought it would be nice to memorize it. Thank you for putting the challenge out there.

  • Tara

    I love your style!! Every other day for review/catch up! Now I wont be so overwhelmed.

    I was just praying today about scripture memorization. I haven’t had anyone encourage me to do this since I was in high school and I have a hard time motivating myself and then when I decide to do it I get overwhelmed by picking out what I want to memorize.

    Thank you so much for you joy.

  • Jess

    Thanks Ang. I’m going to do this. I think it’s just what I need to end the year on. I just added you on twitter too. :) So fun. Ben is addicted.

  • jennyhope

    I love this whole passage. I have most of it committed to memory but I need to work on saying it all together. I was just telling my baby about it before I read this. I told her how God knows every hair on her head and that He created her. She said, “momma, did He color me?” LOL

    I am in on the memorization.
    I love that the darkness is as light to Him…of course.

  • 4littlefeet

    This is so ironic – I just had the high school girls in my D-group start memorizing this! This Psalm really speaks….great idea.

  • Jeankfl

    I’m in!! I usually put scripture to music… that’s the easiest way to learn it, for me.. I can remember it for years, if I can sing it!LOL But, I’ll try this way.. I love this psalm.
    Hugs,
    Jean

  • Mari-Beth

    I am going to do this with you! I have been so inspired by you since I came across your blog a few months ago. I’ve commented once or twice but I really want you to know that you make a difference in this path I am walking. After losing our son when I was 7 1/2 months pregnant, I hit rock bottom but my faith has pulled me back up. I have never felt closer to our Lord as I continue to learn more and crave His words. So I am definitely up for memorizing this verse, its beautiful and fits my life right now. You and your family are always in my prayers.

  • Kaitlin

    I saw Selah tonight in Denton and spoke with Todd. It was fun meeting him. Of course, he had no idea who I was and I knew all about his life..but that’s the fun of it right? He was like “ooh, you are a Sunday”. Speaking of that, why do you call your readers Sundays? Just curious.

  • Julie

    I saw the tweet and now I have decided, count this Sunday in.

    Julie
    in central,Ca

  • JanMary

    Count this Sunday in too.

    JanMary in N Ireland.

  • Amber

    I’m in! I emailed you earlier, but it sounds like you have your hands full with that one, so I’ll just respond on here too.

    Excited and looking forward to it!

    God has been speaking to my heart, turning up the heat a little. I know he wants to melt me down a little to refine me, and sometimes it’s so hard. And He has used you to speak to me. He has used you as an example. Thank you so much for following Him so closely and for being SUCH a woman of God, Angie.

    Love, Amber

    http://amberfilkins.blogspot.com

  • kjoy

    Starting today, if I stay on schedule, then the final day of review (day 18) lands on Jan 1st, 2009. How perfect!

  • Kristi

    I’m in!! Thank you for always encouraging and challenging me!! And thanks for posting this here-I don’t twitter-yet.

  • Jenny

    Will do this for sure!!

  • K-tell

    Angie, first time leaving a comment here! I had to tell you- As I was reading through the entire Psalm, I came to verses 13 and 14, “For you are fearfully and wonderfully made…” After having trouble conceiving and an early loss, I am due to deliver my first baby on Dec. 26th. Yesterday I wrapped 2 books for my little girl’s “birth day”, one of them being “On the Night You Were Born” which has this verse printed on the first page of the story.

    We’ll be memorizing verses 13 and 14 two days before I’m set to be induced, so it’s not exact, but you better believe I’ll have these verses in my head on Dec. 26th. I just thought that was so neat… God speaks to us in the greatest ways.

    Thank you for doing this!

  • K-tell

    OK, it just keeps getting better! I googled “For you are fearfully and wonderfully made…” and the story name becuase I couldn’t remember if it came from “On the Night You Were Born” or the other book I had wrapped, “God Made You” and it took me to another blog, which mentions the story and verse, but was written back in August. And there on the right side of the page is your 7 x 7 button. It was the top hit on Google:)

  • Staci

    I am so in. My Scripture memory skills are really week. I think I’ll call it my pre-New Year’s Resolution. Thanks for your encouragement and for the way you point the way to the Lord.

  • Pat

    My son had to memorize this last year in 2nd grade for school…..so I learned it then too! It seems so easy for those kiddos to memorize, was more of a challenge for me:) It is beautiful.

  • Southern Gal

    I’m going to try this. I’ve memorized lots over the years as my children have been involved in Bible Drill and Awanas. My middle son would memorize whole chapters every year to recite at our homeschool end of the year celebration. I’m not that good.
    Since Awanas is on break until January, Ethan and I may have to memorize this one together. He’s 6 and he’s good! I’ll need his help. Thanks for the challenge.

  • Colleen

    Gonna hop on the memorization bandwagon.
    Anybody else pre-menopausal and feeling like their brain cells are just a-disappearing before their very eyes?
    It’s gonna take The Lord’s power and might to get MY head to accomplish this! But, He is mighty! :-)
    Here goes!
    Thanks, Angie!

  • Twila Bennett

    Angie–love the idea of memorizing Ps 139. This Psalm has had big impact on me during 2008. I read the book, Deeper by Debbie Alsdorf, in which she walks you through the entire Psalm. Debbie was at a terrible spot in her life and committed to reading that Psalm every day for a year. It changed her and now she is teaching on it, so that other people can understand what she has learned. She has an amazing story. I highly recommend it.

    Twila

  • erikmelissa

    Hello Angie! I am so excited to memorize this Psalm with you. Thank you for this challenge! Have a blessed day! Love, Melissa

  • four little blessings

    I am in, and to up the ante, I will be using this as part of my homeschool cirriculum with my 8 year old… he and I can work together… he mastered the Lord’s Prayer last week…. here we go!

    Tammy

  • Jess :)

    Ang,

    I love this challenge!! I’m printing everything out right now and can’t wait to start!! I will be joining you and am excited to let you know how it goes!!

    Thanks for sharing this with us, your Sundays!

    Love you,
    Jess :)

  • fullofboys

    I have to tell you that memorizing scripture always intimidates me…but I am going to give this a try. The break down of the way to do it makes it more manageable. Can not wait to learn His words and keep them in my heart!

  • Deb Wilcox

    I put it on my calendar. Thanks for the challenge. Love your Blog

  • Mommy, the Human Napkin

    Count me in! I love this Psalm, but can never remember it when I want to. I’m going to try to get my kids to memorize it with me. We’ll see how well that works out with their 30-second attention spans, but even if they only get bits and pieces, it will be worth it.

  • Jen

    Hey Angie! Thanks for putting this on your blog, I was just thinking about e-mailing and was wondering how many you had already gotten! :) I am starting today!! Hope you have a great Christmas! Love, Jen Mirabile

  • tara

    I love this verse! When I taught Sunday school with my mom she would have the kids memorize it. It was precious to hear them at the end of the year say the entire Psalm! Did I mention these were 3 year olds?! From the mouths of babes praises were being raised.

  • Kathy

    I think this is a wonderful idea which I will be participating in!

  • Christy

    Wow, I know most of Psalm 139… but to quote it word for word… that’ll be great!

    We just read through some of that at church yesterday…

    And, I have been praying that the Lord lead someone into my life this Christmas that I can minister to… Well that happened through posting baby stuff on craigslist… I used to be a single mom, and I am able to bless a teen single mom tomorrow afternoon. I covet your prayers on this all of you… she has had a lot of pain in her few years… her parents are recovering drug addicts, her brother was murdered last Christmas, and she was a “cutter-up” quoted from this girl. I am guessing that means she is/was into self mutilation.
    Well I have felt burdened for her through the emails we have been sharing and just said that I would be an ear for her to listen to because I know I needed that when I was a young single mom. As you can see that opened up a can of worms… I am not sure that I am able to handle all that she has dealt with… but I know that the Lord will give me the right words to say…
    For more you can catch it on my blog
    http://www.tennysontalk.blogspot.com
    I will be updating after I meet her and bless her with my baby stuff.

  • Jen

    This is one of my favorite passages of scripture, but I’ve never committed the full thing to memory. I’d like to do that now.

    We are J/S’s friends from GA, and my husband lost his job the same day John did. . . I think this passage is a perfect encouragement right now. Thank you.

  • Christy

    OH, my point… I actually wrote this girl back and quoted some of Psalm 139…
    How awesome… the Lord is totally at work here!
    Praise the Lord

  • Mary

    Angie I’m ashamed to say that I once challenged my group of 8th graders (small group at church) to memorize it with me and we all did it!! It was great fun, and when self-image issues crept up throughout the year, I’d have them think through the verses and tell me if what they were thinking was from God or from the world. It’s a powerful powerful Psalm! The ashamed part comes from me not totally remembering all of it anymore :( Blame it on the mommy brain maybe but I’m gonna do it again!

  • My boys

    Angie! Thanks for starting this little project! I was telling my husband that I wanted to be more intentional with scripture memory; and then there you are! I’ve been a lurking Sunday for some time now; what a great way to come out of the bushes!!! Kelly

  • Amanda

    Thank you for doing this!!! This is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible…but I do not have the whole thing completely memorized. I am up for the challenge.

  • Marilena

    Yeah! I’m so glad you put the schedule on your blog. I was going to email you but I had a feeling that you would be bombarded with emails so I thought you might post the schedule instead.
    I’m up for the challenge. I have some of it memorized through listening to my kids scripture memory tape, but they know it better than me…
    Love you,
    Marilena

  • Melissa

    That is one of my favorites…was alos one of my mom’s favorites!! So much so that we read it at her funeral!!

  • Proverbs 31

    I am a Creative Arts pastor in the Nashville area, and thought I’d share a tip I use with our drama team for memorizing. Make a recording of you reading out loud whatever you are memorizing. I usually do it on my computer and then upload the file to my iPod. Then, listen to it over and over whenever you have the chance. Then, start saying it out loud, reciting it with your recording. It’s like listening to a song you like and singing along until you learn all the words. It works great, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can memorize a great deal of scripture.

    Many Blessings,
    Kimberly Wallace
    pastorkim@livingtogo.org

  • CDJ

    Thanks! I’m in.

    About the flight to CO…didn’t you watch the A-team when you were younger?? Mr. T had to be “put down” every time they had to fly to Bolivia (or where ever) to “save the day”. Not sure what was in the surringe, but we could google it????

    I’m totally kidding. I know you must be nervous, but God is Good ALL THE TIME.

    Happy Psalm 139!

  • Angie

    Count me in. I love a good memorization schedule!
    hugs
    Ang

  • Danielle Holsapple

    Wow, I really want to try this! THanks for the encouragement!

  • Chelsea

    Hey – count me in! I’ve always loved this Psalm and I like the idea of having it memorized in time for the New Year. :)

    ~Chelsea

  • melanie

    i would like to try this . . .

    just out of curiosity, what do you make of verses 19-20? i’m glad you are leaving them in since sometimes people leave them out (since they aren’t as heartwarming). i think we can’t leave them out but they are difficult to know what to do with.

    all that babbling to say, what do you make of them?

  • Jenna

    LOVE it! I am all over this like white on rice. :-)

  • Tonia

    I am going to do it!!

  • Shelly

    As soon as I started reading Psalm 139 I could hear it in song. We sing this Psalm in our church (Catholic). It’s so beautiful. Here are the lyrics.

    You Are Near (title)
    (refrain) Yahweh, I know you are near,standing always at my side. You guard me from the foe, and you lead me in ways everlasting.

    1. Lord, you have searched my heart,and you know when I sit and when I stand. Your hand is upon me protecting me from death,keeping me from harm.

    2. Where can I run from Your love?
    If I climb to the heavens You are there; If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea, still I’d find You there.

    3. You know my heart and its ways,
    you who formed me before I was born
    in the secret of darkness before I saw the sun in my mother’s womb.

    4. Marvelous to me are Your works;
    how profound are Your thoughts, my Lord. Even if I could count them, they number as the stars, You would still be there.

  • Fiona

    I memorized this psalm when I was in college and it is probably – no CERTAINLY – the best thing I learned there. I have found myself repeating it in my mind SO many times in the last 16 years since. When I am lonely, when I am afraid, when I am doubting myself etc etc etc… Having it ready to hand in my mind is pure treasure. The benefits for years afterwards are well worth the time spent now.

    Fiona

  • Grace 4 U

    Angie, thank you for your continued prayers for my daughter Jesi. I’ll be memorizing this prayer with you!!

  • Lorri

    You really need to check out the book called Deeper by Debbie Alsdorf published by Revel. It is based on the 4 truths of Psalm 139 and is life changing! First chapter free online:

    http://www.deeperbook.com

    It would be perfect with your study!

  • Wendy

    I like to print out the scripture I’m learning in a fancy/decorative way and hang it on my mirror. I created something for Psalm 139 with this in mind. Download the PDF here:

    Pretty Psalm 139

    Enjoy! And thanks for pushing me to do this!

  • pipedi

    I just started memorizing Ps. 103 with another blog, and one of the posters recommended the site below for understanding how the brain memorizes. There’s a Java tool at the end of the article that’s really helpful. While this is a secular article, it is a worthwhile read.

    I started memorizing this morning with the aid of the tool and it really seems to be helping my 53-year-old brain…

    http://www.productivity501.com/how-to-memorize-verbatim-text/294/

  • blessedbygod

    Angie,
    You truly bless me. I am at a age where my memory is failing(pre-menopausel.)However, my GOD is never failing and I am going to do my best and HE will do the rest. I love this Psalm it is one of my favorites.
    I can’t wait to get started. I think I will start right now!
    Blessings,
    Lori in Ohio

  • Krystal

    My oldest daughter and I went to see Selah last night at FBC Denton. When Karoline (2) saw Todd on stage, she yelled from the back row, “Hi Todd!”. Then she continued to ask me where each member of your family was starting with, “Where Abby”. She is one of the greatest little prayer warriors over you guys! This challenge is exactly what my heart needs to study right now!

  • Carrie

    verses 13 & 14 are what i have on my BabyBeBlessed "treasure a memory" lambs, so i have day memorized! :)

  • Jennifer Thompson

    I love Psalm 139, especially due to my ministry/work. Count me in!!

  • Kayla Grace

    Where is your speaking engagement?? I don’t know where FOTF is located…

    I’m really excited to try to memorize this Psalm with yall :]

  • Amy Anderson

    i’m in too! if i write it on a notecard i always wind up losing it… so i just thought of something. i’m going to write it in a text on my phone and save it to drafts– because then whenever i have my phone (which would be… pretty much always) i’ll have what i need to memorize that day with me!

    thanks angie! have a great day!

  • Amanda:

    What an awesome idea! I can’t wait to get home and get them copied onto my notecards!!

    Thank you for this! Looking forward to doing this with you.

  • Sarah Taylor

    Guess this is my cue… see, a few years ago, I heard that Michael W Smith quoted Psalm 139 during a concert, just from memory, in casual conversation, as he shared with the audience. Something about that struck me as so authentic. So I looked up Psalm 139 on Bible Gateway.com and printed it out (all three pages, large font, thank you very much) and set out with the best of intentions. The paper found its way to the back of my pile on my desk, and hibernated there for quite some time. And TODAY of all days, I check your blog and find this challenge. Thank you for helping me find my three-page print-out again. Angie, you are better thank chocalate cake.

  • fmattso

    This Sunday is up for the challenge as well! I am so excited to get to see you in January! My husband works for Focus so he better get me a front row seat right in the middle! Haha!I will be praying for you to be able to get on the plane and that you have a wonderful trip!

  • jenland_25

    So I definately think God is telling me to do this, cuz I just got caught up on the blog and the challenge starts today. Hmm…weird coincidence, I think not.

  • Tori

    I love this Psalm. My oldest kids memorized this in Kindergarten (they memorized a verse a week with their class)so get your kids to memorize it with you. The more you practice it together, the better it sticks. We even have hand motions for it. This is a verse I definitely want my kids to hide in their hearts as they discover who they are in Christ.

  • Maddie and Jack’s Momma

    I’m in!

  • DSusic

    What a great idea! I even talked my husband into doing it with me!

  • Lindsay

    I cannot think of a better way to start off the new year than to have this psalm in my heart. I’m in and encouraging my friends and family as well.

  • MellieBob

    God must be putting this same passage on many hearts! My husband recently came home from a hunting trip and told me that while he was sitting in the woods, reading his Bible, he was reminded of how when he was a child, his father had him memorize the entire Psalm. My husband then decided to try to relearn it, and it came back so quickly, that he determined he would challenge our 6th and 7th grade youth group kids to learn it by years end, so that when they are older it will still linger in their hearts. So far, one little boy completed it, and two little girls are halfway through. What a great thing it is to hear these young ones recite God’s Word! This passage just so happens to be one of my favorites as well. I read it over my precious niece the day she was born, and wrote it out for my sister-in-law for her birthday, as well. It’s a birthday type Psalm for me!

  • Jill

    LOVE THIS!!!!!

    just seeing this one now, but will get started on it tonight :)

    thanks so much Ang :)

    love ya
    jill

  • Wendy

    P.S. We can’t see the Marydale font unless we have it loaded on our systems (the way around that is to save the text as a graphic if you really want someone to see the text in a particular font)