For nearly 3,000 years people have been getting in touch with God through the sacred literature of the Book of Psalms. Generation after generation has drawn strength, comfort and inspiration from the words of the psalmist.
Psalms 365: Develop a Life of Worship and Prayer is a devotional study that takes you through all of the Book of Psalms during the course of a full year. The author’s goal is to help the reader interact with each psalm and connect with God in a fresh and living way.
There are 150 psalms in the Book of Psalms and one of the most remarkable things about them is their emotional span. They range from giddy heights of joy and praise to great depths of depression and sorrow. The full array of human emotion and experience is on display. Whatever state you find yourself in, there’s a psalm for that—a psalm for every situation and human need. If you are in desperate straits, there’s a psalm for that. If you are soaring in the presence of God, there’s a psalm for that too. The Psalms reflect our need for God and our desire to connect with Him in all of life’s experiences.
In times of calamity the psalms bring peace. When storms rage within, a psalm can provide a haven of rest. When anger erupts, a psalm can act as a release valve. When God seems distant, the psalms bring us near.
There is something surprisingly practical about the psalms. They are meant to be lived. The Bible is in fact a living document that must be applied to life to be effective. This should not surprise us since, “The word of God is living and active” (Hebrews 4:12a). Author David Kitz draws from a range of biblical sources and real life experiences to make the psalms come alive.
There is power in the unchanging word of God. My prayer is that you will experience that power for yourself. May you discover Jesus, the Good Shepherd, walking off the pages of the psalms and into your life.
As never before, let the psalms come alive for you.
Volume II of Psalms 365: Develop a Life of Worship and Prayer will be published this week. Watch this space for more details.