Friday, February 25, 2011

Another Comic Psalm, this time 100

We have moved onto the New Testament recently in our Scripture Study but my kids decided we needed to learn another Psalm. We have Psalm 23 memorized now and hardly even need the pictures that the kids drew in order to remember it. They asked for another one and I honestly didn't know  another that we should study. I have not done a very intense study of the Old Testament and the Psalms haven't ever been a huge part of my scripture memorization or focus.

Since my kids asked me for another one I decided to turn to my scriptures and see if I had anything underlined. I figured if I had it marked with color it must have been a good one. Nothing was colored. A verse here and there but I couldn't find a Psalm, a whole Psalm, that we should learn until I got to 100. For some reason I had a few verses in this one marked and it was short so I thought it must be a good one. We read through it and liked it. So we decided to set it to memory. I think it would be a good Thanksgiving time Psalm perhaps but we are full of Thanksgiving every day so it is good for study and memorization for any day.

And of course they had to make a comic strip of it as well. Ian and Sophie decided to each do their own this time rather than try to both work on the same one. It ended up being a bit of a collaboration anyway. They gave each other ideas for the images to use for each phrase anyway. They just each wanted to draw their own pictures.

Here is Ian's.

I wrote the words quickly on the squares marked off on the page. He then filled in the pictures.
"Make a Joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with Gladness"
I think it is funny that he drew a missionary for serve. I guess we really have pushed serving a Mission.

"Come before his presence with singing"
He chose to draw a picture of Co-op singing time. There is an easel which the leader uses to teach new music to the kids.
"Know ye that the Lord is God"
He drew a picture of the first vision.  I love that he came up with that image to fit that phrase!

"It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves".
A man with tools... very fitting.
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture

Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.

Be thankful unto Him and bless His name.

For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting.
I can tell Ian is getting tired of trying to come up with things to draw. He is just throwing in stick figures now.  But goodness and mercy are difficult for anyone to have to draw especially for a 7 year old.

His truth endureth to all generations
He has a man standing at the pulpit preaching truth. That is how he explained it to me. I talked him into adding the extra stick figures representing different ages of people.

Here is Sophie's finished product. She did the whole thing herself.
Wait.... I must have wrote the words for the first square and then she took over from there. She came up with some great images. I certainly wouldn't have thought of them. They are full of detail. So here are the close up versions. Sorry to have so many pictures in this post but I couldn't leave out any of them and I need to preserve these for them.

So does anyone one have any ideas for other Psalms we could learn? My kids seem to really like this exercise. It doesn't work as well with other scriptures. The Psalms are so visual in their language. I think I am just going to have to study this book of scripture and see what stands out to me. I don't see too many more colored/marked verses in this part of my Bible so perhaps it is time to really dig in and enjoy these words of David.


Bibliophile said...

There is a story about the 100th Psalm that you might find interesting. B.H.Roberts was a church leader who served as a chaplain in World War I. The other chaplains didn't like the idea of a Mormon serving with them and they tried in every way to make his life miserable.
The entire camp had a Thanksgiving Day service and many of the chaplains were asked to speak, but Brother Roberts was not given an assignment. Then suddenly, his name was announced and he was asked to read the Thanksgiving Psalm. He had never heard of one! He said a quick prayer on his way from the audience to the pulpit, and the answer came to read the 100th Psalm. As he read it, he realized that it was the perfect one to read on that day. It even includes the word "thanksgiving"!

Cellista said...

There's also a musical setting of the Old Hundredth Psalm by Vaughn Williams for choir and orchestra, here's a YouTube:

Tell them I really like their drawings!

Malissa said...

Such a fun idea. I think Jeffrey would go for it:) Thanks for sharing!