Psalm Psilliness

Dear Reader,

I think I have had too many too serious posts lately. So  . . .

My five year old has fallen in love with psalm 136 (specifically the version known as 136A in our new psalter). She likes it because it is repetitive and she can remember parts of it at least. After every line ist says, “His steadfast loves endures.” Only when she goes around singing it, it comes out, “His steadfast love indoors.” Which has been leading us to make some very silly jokes like: “Why do we worship in a church building?” “Because His stead fast love (is) indoors!”

Which also reminds me of how she sang the old psalm 1A. It went “Oh, greatly blessed is the man who walketh not astray.” But when she sang it it came out: “Oh, greatly blessed is the man who walketh nice and straight.” Funny that the astray led her, well, astray more than the walketh.

Speaking of 1A, when we had our first doctor’s appointment with a new pediatrician after we moved, the doctor was asking my then 8yo son about what he was learning. The doctor has a slight accent. He asked, “Do you sing?” My son: “Yes.” Doctor: “What is your favorite song?” Son: “1A.” The doctor is a good Christian man but clearly not a psalm-singer. he didn’t know how to process that answer.

Seriously though, it is wonderful to hear one’s children singing the psalms all on their own and enjoying it. Most of the time. A friend once told me that her kids loved a psalm version in the old psalter that started “God of vengeance . . .” They love dit so much they would go through the grocery store singing it loudly. And at one point we actually asked my son’s Sabbath school teacher to stop teaching him a psalm. It was a lively tune that included the line “I chased and overtook my enemies, I turned not back till I destroyed them all” and so on. Only my son, who was bout 4 at the time, would come home from church and begin chasing his sister and singing the psalm. The sister who was 2 who cry. When we told him to stop chasing her, he responded, “But she is my enemy.”

And that’s enough for today.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Love it!
    I wish I had thought to record those sorts of things when the children were small.
    The old language of the Psalms lends itself to some very funny little sayings.


  2. Posted by erica on November 7, 2010 at 12:48 am

    those are really great! my sister once wrote a book (in kindergarten) based on Jesus feeding the 5000 and the title was “Jesus feeds the five one thousand poples.” needless to say, we still refer to ourselves as “poples” to this day (some 20+ years later).


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