Psalms

TIME FOR AN AD BREAK - HONEST AND OPEN WORSHIP

Psalms is not a book that you read cover to cover, if you need a break from the book you are reading, jump into Psalms. It is a bit like an ad break - come and worship, pray and sing with these incredible hymns as you worship and open your heart to God in honesty and awe. Take your time in the imagery and metaphors as you discover more about the awesomeness of God.

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Part One

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

P 16:8


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DON'T LET YOUR VOICE BE SILENCED

I love reading the book of Psalms, it is such an inspirational book. The thing I love the most about Psalms is that the writers of the different Psalms have no issue with letting their voice be heard, in good times and bad times. Sometimes I feel like we only raise our voice when good things are happening in praise, but Psalms calls us to cry out to God when things are going well and when they are not.

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THE HEART OF A WORSHIPPER ryan smith

Psalms, one of the five poetry books of the old testament, provides helpful insight for us with where our society is today because it identifies with what a lot of Christians experience who don’t know how to process or respond to their circumstances without feeling inadequate or disqualified.

We’re living in a time where we see many people face an emotional crisis on a daily basis, so much so, that they rely on medical aid to numb their pain. Why do the Psalms bring such relief and reassurance to us believers in this modern era? The answer is simple. It gives us the permission and freedom to process the emotions of anger, sadness, fear, shame, depression and anxiety without feeling defeated or forgotten. David, the central figure of worship and main contributor of Psalms, certainly didn’t have any problems expressing himself. Quite the opposite in fact. Some might think that David was a ‘glass is half full’ kind of guy or that he was perhaps a whinger but those kinds of people never get things done because they’re too busy being critical, judgmental and intolerant.

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Part Two

SURELY YOUR GOODNESS AND LOVE WILL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE

P 23:6


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THE POWER OF A POEM

The army was ready, fierce, full of fight and anger! Ready to go into battle. They had been marching together for days and with every day they marched, their anger and determination increased. With such power and strength in their ranks, there was no thought of defeat. They were so close, they had entered Judah and now it was time to conquer their enemy. But as they entered, they heard it, the weirdest sound an army could hear. The most terrifying sound that this enemy had ever heard. It fell upon their ears and quickly travelled with terror into their hearts. This can’t be, their ears must be deceiving them? They are supposed to be terrified at the sound of our army, haven’t they heard that we are coming, why are they not cowering in fear, quivering in intimidation, but no…. no, I hear singing. They are calling on their God, they are worshipping Jehovah. And with that, this enemy was defeated!

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DEEP DIVE

interpreting the psalms and other hebrew poetry

There are so many ideas that one can explore within the psalms that it would be hard to pin one down in a deep dive and think that it was sufficient. Instead, we are going to look at some tools that will help sharpen our minds when reading the psalms so that we can understand them for all their worth. This post will be dedicated to understanding the Hermeneutics of Hebrew Poetry.  

Now, the first time I came across it I thought to myself, what on earth is hermeneutics? What makes it important? And how is this going to help me when I read the Bible?

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