Theme of the Week: Drawing Nearer to God
Monday, October 28, 2013
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Key Bible Verses: Be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. (Ephesians 5:18-19)
Dig Deeper: Psalm 98
David and the other writers of the Psalms were the pioneers of the Spirit-filled life. The Spirit of God worked in and through them to show us what we can all discover for ourselves now that the Spirit of God has been poured out into our hearts. The Psalms were written not to dictate religious habits or to achieve certain ends. They are expressions of the heart written to cultivate in us the very heart that they themselves express. They are given to us to shape our inner-most desires and thereby to open up our capacity to live in relationship with God.
The fact that the Psalms were written as songs should serve to underline the nature of their purpose. Music is the language of the heart, and it was for this language that the Psalms were written. They were written not just to tell us about God but to draw us into an encounter with God. In this sense, the Psalms both exemplify and potentially impart the very thing that the rest of the Bible directs us toward as the ultimate goal of human existence: a love relationship with God in which we glorify and enjoy God forever. A relationship to be enjoyed and cherished.
—Matthew Jacoby in Deeper Places
My Response: What are my favorite psalms? Why are these my favorites?
Adapted from Deeper Places by Matthew Jacoby (Baker, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me to find rich new ways to get to know you more intimately through this week's readings on the Psalms.
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