Thirty Days in Psalm 103 for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 4: Don’t Forget!

30DaysPs103NewDay4No1Let’s look at verse two for a few minutes today while we learn how to use one of my very favorite free online Bible study tools! 

NOTE: If you are studying with a smartphone or tablet device, please see the notes at the end of this lesson before you do this assignment.

Assignment: Pray for guidance and a clear mind. Then read all of Psalm 103, kneeling in your soul (or literally) in adoration before God with all creation.

When you have finished reading, open your browser and go to www.blueletterbible.org. (If you’ve studied with us before, this will be review for you. Skip ahead, if you’ve got this down.)

  • For those of you who are new to BlueLetterBible, do you see the words “SEARCH THE BIBLE” in the upper right hand portion of the page? In the search box under those words, type “Ps 103:2”. (You actually don’t even have to capitalize or use the colon, if you’re in a hurry.)
  • Make sure the version listed below the search box says “KJV”.  (Most of the word study tools are linked to that version.)
  • Then click the search button (the green box with the magnifying glass). This will open verse 2 for you.
  • Now hover over the blue “Tools” button to the left of the verse. This opens a drop-down menu with six different options.
  • Click on the blue “Interlinear” button. This opens an amazing study tool packed with useful and exciting information!

You should see three main columns of information, in addition to the Hebrew text and some miscellaneous buttons.

The left-hand column lists all the phrases of the verse, as they appear in the King James Version.

The numbers listed in the middle column labeled “Strong’s” are reference numbers that are assigned to individual Hebrew words in the Bible. These numbers link to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, a concordance that lists every single word in the King James Version, every verse that contains each word, and what the original Hebrew or Greek words are for each English word.

The right-hand column shows the Hebrew word and its transliteration in English letters and sounds.

  • We’re going to look at the word forget, so click on the Strong’s number (7911) to the right of the phrase and forget. This will open a lexicon, which is just a fancy name for a catalogue of a language’s words. A lexicon is a Bible student’s best friend! 🙂
  • We’ll look at other parts of the lexicon in future lessons, but for now we’re going to zero in on the information listed under “Outline of Biblical Usage”. This section of the lexicon tells how the original Hebrew word for forget is used in the Bible.
  • Read the first definition and record it in your notebook.

30DaysPs103NewDay4No2What sort of picture does the word wither bring to your mind? It immediately makes me think of the languishing sweet potato vine on my desk. It condemns me as I sit here typing. The once-thriving vine doesn’t do well when I forget it. I just don’t remember it needs me, or I glance over, see it begging for a drink, and tell myself I’ll water it when I get up again. Then I forget all about it by the time I get up. After one too many times of being ignored, I’m afraid it’s doomed for the compost pile now.

Besides forgetting your houseplants, do you, like me, ever forget or ignore God’s benefits — His gracious, loving dealings in your life? What has He done for you that you’re letting wither away in your heart? What truths about our God are you forgetting or neglecting to “water” in the midst of everyday living with its challenges, disappointments, distractions?

Read the entire psalm again. Slow down and give the Holy Spirit time to do His work in your heart. This psalm is jam-packed with reminders of God’s gracious deeds — deeds that we need to grab hold of and remember. Which ones do you tend to forget?

For the rest of this month, with the Holy Spirit’s help, we’re going to remind ourselves of these truths. My prayer is that they will flourish and take root in your heart in a way that will profoundly affect the way you think and live.

For smartphone and tablet users:

You can simply use your internet browser to access the free Bible study tools we’ll be using. But you may want to use these sites’ apps instead. The formatting will be slightly different, but you should be able to adapt my instructions after you find your way around on the app. Look for Blue Letter Bible and Bible Study Tools. (As far as I can tell, neither site has an app for Androids. If you find one, please let me know.)

If you have any problems navigating the apps, ask questions here or on the Busy Mama’s Bible Study Facebook group, where others can benefit from your question and its answer.

For your children:

Read Psalm 103:1-2 aloud with your children. Talk about how easy it is to forget things — even good things that we want to remember. Then explain that we are going to spend the next two or three weeks learning things about God that He wants us to remember — good things that will change the way we think about ourselves and the way we live.

Then start memorizing this psalm. Say a phrase and have the children repeat it. Then say the next phrase and have them repeat it. Then combine both phrases for them to repeat. Continue doing this until they can repeat all of verse 1 after you.

After you can all repeat the verse, take turns saying the words of the verse, with the first person says, “Bless”, the next says “the”, the next “Lord”, and so on. If you have children who can read, write each word of the verse on separate cards or pieces of paper, mix them up, and then put them into the correct order. If you want to liven things up, use a stopwatch to time each child, and see who can do it the fastest.

Our goal is to memorize the entire psalm. It’s not that hard, when we’re reading it over and over and studying it as much as we will! And the children will memorize it even faster than we can!

 

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6 Comments

  1. After doing the word study and then re-reading the Psalm I was struck by the contrast of forgetting and remembering in verses 2 and 14. I tend to forget. God remembers. We can all apply that to ourselves and our relationship to God in our own way.

  2. I was reading the whole Psalm again as instructed and was impressed by all that I had ‘forgotten’ about God. I have allowed life to pull me away from remembering His love and goodness to me. I’ve been having a difficult time. The Holy Spirit prompted me, in answer to my heart’s cry, to do this study. In just two days I have had amazing confirmation that this is for me. Then I went on to read your other instructions…to look up the word forget. I have been withering. It is a perfect description of my heart. I am emotional as I type this thank you. Thank you for doing this study, for leading us. I would not be able to do it without your guidance. I can feel your love and graciousness through your written words. Thank you and bless you!

  3. To forget, ignore, wither…I was especially convicted by the other definition: ignore. I don’t do that, right? I mean, to ignore God’s benefits and blessings?!?! That seems so shallow and disrespectful. However, yes. Yes, I do. There are days of struggle, disharmony and stress where I ignore the blessings. “Lord, help me to be mindful of you and what you are continually doing. Help me to not ignore your works or let them whither away in my memory, but rather remember them daily as a reminder of your presence and great love. Amen.” Thank you, Pam, for this study. Looking forward to the days ahead <3

  4. Check out mysword for Android. It is a free app that includes different versions of the Bible, a number of different commentaries from Reformed to Armenian backgrounds. It has Strong’s and other dictionaries. And also includes a morning and evening devotional all for free! I use it often when studying and appreciate having all the info packed in one place! Unfortunately they don’t have one for apple but I am excited to her about the one you use!

  5. THANK YOU for this study, and it’s on line emails. I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve really sat down and studied the scripture for a lenghty period of time. Usually, I’m lucky if I can get a prayer, and a verse or two in. I was reading the Pslam tonight, and I just started crying, because I actually spent time in God’s Word, and it was so refreshing. I kept on reading the Psalms after our required reading. I’m a Mom of a 5 year old and our calender is full most days, and it’s nice to have this blog, and my bible to help me in studying God’s word again. Thank you so much for all you do to help us Busy Momma’s connect with our King! Wendy Briscoe

  6. I love these word studies- they are so rich with meaning! The nuance of the word “forget” in this verse doesn’t mean “cease to care” but to “wither”. Coupled with that picture of your dying plant, it is so descriptive! It’s not that we “forget” (cease to care about God), but often just need to be reminded to drink deep from His Word in spending time with Him to refresh our withered souls with the Living Water of Christ.
    What a beautiful reminder.
    Nanci