The opening Bible study and encouragement time from 8:30-9:00 AM on Tuesday mornings is free to all students who are enrolled at Meriadoc Homeschool Tutoring Services or to families who members of the Meriadoc Homeschool Library. For the 2014 fall semester, we will be studying Psalm 119, the longest psalm in the book of Psalms.
“Psalm 119 is a very remarkable psalm. Not only is it balanced with 22 strophes or stanzas, each of those 22 strophes contains eight verses. More remarkable, it is an acrostic psalm which means that each of those eight verses in a strophe begins with the same letter. And, each strophe represents the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet so the first strophe begins with the first letter of the alphabet just as the last strophe begins with the last letter of the alphabet.”
Did you know that William Wilberforce, slave trade abolitionist and subject of the movie Amazing Grace, memorized all 176 verses of Psalm 119? He would repeat it to himself and in praise to God as he walked to Parliament to his work as a lawmaker dedicated to ending the British slave trade. The famous missionary David Livingstone won a Bible from his Sunday School teacher when he was nine years old after he was able to recite all of Psalm 119.
“George Wishart, the 17th century Bishop of Edinburgh . . . was condemned to death and was led to the scaffold to be executed. But while on the scaffold with a noose around his neck, he invoked a custom that allowed the condemned person to choose one psalm to be sung before being hung. Wishart cunningly chose Psalm 119. Before two-thirds of the psalm was sung, his pardon arrived and his life was spared.” (Information and quotes taken from Woodrow Kroll Ministries: Psalm 119.)
We will be working to memorize at least one verse from each strophe of Psalm 119, or for those who wish to try to memorize the entire Psalm. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is for very morning and/or evening both parent and student to read aloud the assigned scripture reading for the week. Discuss the meaning of unfamiliar words and repeated words. Try to memorize at least the first verse of the assigned passage or memorize the entire eight verse for the week
We will also listen to a selection of classical music each Tuesday morning to familiarize students with some of the best music that makes up a part of our cultural heritage. We will begin with Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and you will be asked to play the music selection for the month every morning as wake up music or every evening as “go to sleep” music in your home so that families can gain an appreciation for some of the wonderful treasures that God has provided for us through composers of classical music.