Finding Yourself in the Psalms
A Joyous Experiment
Author Kevin Adams' congregation, filled with both spiritual novices and veterans spent an entire year in the Psalms. "Along with preaching and study around the Psalms, we invited attendees to create their own 'Psalm experiment,'" he relates. One young mom created two. With her husband on a nine-month work assignment in the United Arab Emirates, she began reading Psalms to her young children each evening. They grew so captured by its images that when they missed a night of reading they insisted the need to read two “because we missed last night.” Her second experiment focused on reading Psalms for herself. She remembers, “at first they stretched me.” Soon after she started, she wanted to quit. But gradually she found herself struck by the authors’ honesty. Lacking any sense of restraint, they told God He wasn’t “doing His job right.” Such critique felt “foreign” and “hard to read,” she but also “freeing.”
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