In 2011 our church began a new tradition: tackling a section of the Psalms during the summer weeks. Sometimes we've done as many as 10 or 12 weeks sampling seletions of entire "Books" of psalms; two summers ago, we spent 4 weeks just looking at Psalm 119. This summer we are spending five weeks looking at 5 consecutive psalms from Psalm 135 to Psalm 139, and we've called the series: BEYOND. We called it this because these psalms show us that the God who is BEYOND makes Himself accessible to us.
For some of you to return to the psalms is to return to an old friend. For others, you are wondering why are we back in the poems again? For either, here is a great reminder of the unique place and importance of this unique portion of our Bibles, from author John Piper:
"[Psalms] do not just invite the emotion of the heart in response to revealed truth. They put the emotion on display. They are not just commanding; they are contagious. We are not just listening to profound ideas and expressed affections. We are living among them in their overflow. We are walking in the counsel of God-besotted wisdom, and standing in the way of amazed holiness, and sitting in the seat of jubilant admiration."
"[The psalms are] an invitation. God wants our hearts. He will take them as he finds them. And then, with the healing balm of the Psalms, he will shape them. Accept his invitation to come. On the front door, he has promised, Enter here. Find your delight in lingering here in meditation."
Read the rest of Dr. Piper's article here.
For additional resources in reading the psalms visit here.
Join with us in pre-reading the psalms, delighting in what the Lord is revealing and the way that it spreads its contagious joy, wisdom, and thankfulness into our hearts.
July 1: Psalm 135
July 8: Psalm 136
July 15: Psalm 137
July 22: Psalm 138
July 29: Psalm 139