Tracks in the Jungle
Theme of the Week: Drawing Nearer to God
Sunday, October 27, 2013
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Who Said It … Matthew Jacoby
Matthew Jacoby is the teaching pastor at Barrabool Hills Baptist Church in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, and the leading member of the Psalms project band Sons of Korah. Matthew has a doctorate in philosophy and theology from the University of Melbourne (Australia). He is the author of Thrive and Deeper Places. He and his wife, Kate, have three children.
What he Said … Tracks in the Jungle
The Psalms show us what authentic spirituality looks like, and in this sense, they should shape our expectations of the spiritual life. The ultimate purpose of the Psalms is not just to portray authentic spirituality but to draw us into the experience of those who went before us, those whose lives were used by God to create key spiritual precedents for us to base our lives upon.
The Psalms belong to a corporate spiritual context in which the acts of God in the lives of people were celebrated and commemorated annually. Many psalms were either written for or preserved specifically for commemoration festivals such as the Passover, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Firstfruits. In these festivals, the people sought to find God in the present by connecting with his actions in the past. The Psalms were seen as something akin to tracks in the jungle cut by those who had gone before. We are not left to work out the way for ourselves. The path has been trodden down, and we are invited to walk in this path and continue where the psalm writers left off.
Key Study Passage: Psalm 63
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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