Reading the Psalms
For the past couple of days I have been posting devotionals from the Psalms. I love the Psalms because of their raw emotion and honestly. John Calvin wrote, “I may truly call this book (the Psalms) an anatomy of all the parts of the soul, for no one can feel a moment of the spirit which is not reflected in the mirror. All sorrows, troubles, fears, doubts, hopes, pain, perplexities and stormy outbreaks by which the hearts of men are tossed have been depicted here to the very life.”
C.S. Lewis also writes, “Most emphatically the Psalms must be read as poems; as lyrics, with all incense and all formalities, the hyperbole's, the emotional rather than the logical connections, which are proper to lyric poetry.”
These men are essentially saying, the Psalms are meant to speak to the heart more than the head. We are not necessarily meant to read them as intellectual observations as much as we are to observe the raw emotion as the Psalmists speak through them and speak to our souls.
There are five types of Psalms represented in the Bible.
I just wanted to pause and give a little insight to the Psalms and as I continue to write devotionals from the Psalms, hopefully this little introduction to reading the Psalms can be helpful to to you.
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Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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