I decided this past January to send out devotional emails each Friday, in the hopes of encouraging and challenging you all. When it came to choosing what to write about, the Psalms popped immediately into my head. There are 150 of them so if I did one a week, it would give me material for a long time. Now that we are about thirty in, with a few missed weeks and jumping ahead a few times, I am realizing something that I already knew:
The Psalms are meant to be prayed, not explained.
Its not that I have tried to explain them in these posts. And of course, some explanation is helpful since they are poems and prayers from millennia ago. Besides, my posts have been more encouraging and challenging words motivated by these Psalms then explanations. When I read these Psalms, they speak to me, bringing images and ideas to my mind. They move me to pray.
That’s really it. I don’t know how to pray. My mind wanders, I ramble on. Reading the Psalms as prayers is what I need. This is why I love that we have included praying the Psalms at our weekly meetings.
With all that said, read Psalm 28. Its our next in line (after jumping ahead last week). Read it slowly. Jot down some thoughts and prayers.
**I recently began sending the students in CSF a brief reflection on a Psalm each Friday. My hope is that it will provide them with some motivation to read scripture. I have enjoyed meditating on the Psalms, and I look forward to taking the next few years to get through them all! I decided it might be worthwhile to post the weekly devos here, so if you happen to read this, I pray it is helpful. Enjoy.