13. Jul, 2012

The art of memorisation

The art of memorisation

I live in a world where memorizing things is a joke. I’m a very forgetful person, not on purpose; things just don’t seem to stick. This trait of mine has gotten me into a lot of trouble especially when I was growing up. My mom would tell me something at the beginning of the day and by the end of it, try as a might, I could not recall the very important instructions she had given me. This is also the reason that tests are so hard for me because when I study and try to remember everything, it all seems to flit away to some faraway place.  This also makes it hard with friends as they will tell me things and later I just won’t remember them, no matter how hard I try. It’s like the small details just get trapped in some random piece of space with me. . It is also why I enjoy watching movies I have already seen before, or reading books I have read, I can remember the basics of the plot but everything else is like brand new to me. This is one thing I wish I could change about myself. I wish I could remember my friend’s parent’s names, or that very important thing you asked me to do, or even simply how you like you coffee but try as I may, I can’t.

This blog stems from the fact that I really want to memorise a bit of Scripture, Psalm 25.  I have said I would do it for my Bible study and now I want to try and do so. I am not good at this, hence why in my life things get written down an awful lot (only sometimes I can’t remember where I put the paper).  In High School I devised a strategy to help me stop getting in trouble for forgetting things, I would write them on my hand (only to get in trouble for writing on my hand, some things you just will never win).  So my plan for getting this thing in my head is to have a verse or two on my hand until I feel like it has stuck and then move onto the next two.

I need your help. Those who live near me or those who feel like sending me a message. Please ask me to tell you the verses I have learned. My thinking is that the more I say it to people the more it will stick and maybe I will remember. It is kind of a big deal for me because there are 22 verses in Psalm 25, which might seem tiny to some but to me it is huge. So…here goes…

And just for your information, if you wanted to memorise it also I am using the New Living Translation. Here it is:

Psalm 25

O Lord, I give my life to you
2 I trust in you, my God!
Do not let me be disgraced,
or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,
but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

4 Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
5 Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
which you have shown from long ages past.
7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
for you are merciful, O Lord.

8 The Lord is good and does what is right;
he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
9 He leads the humble in doing right,
teaching them his way.
10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness
all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.

11 For the honor of your name, O Lord,
forgive my many, many sins.
12 Who are those who fear the Lord?
He will show them the path they should choose.
13 They will live in prosperity,
and their children will inherit the land.
14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him.
He teaches them his covenant.
15 My eyes are always on the Lord,
for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

16 Turn to me and have mercy,
for I am alone and in deep distress.
17 My problems go from bad to worse.
Oh, save me from them all!
18 Feel my pain and see my trouble.
Forgive all my sins.
19 See how many enemies I have
and how viciously they hate me!
20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them!
Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge.
21 May integrity and honesty protect me,
for I put my hope in you.

22 O God, ransom Israel
from all its troubles.