I love Diet Coke. I used to be addicted to it, until I decided to just go back to less frequent and less copious amounts of my first love – sweet tea (decisions of adulthood, another post for another time…). But sometimes in the sweltering Statesboro heat, all I really wanna do is curl up on a couch on the 4th floor of the library and take a nap – instead I decide that I need some cold caffeine and go get a Diet Coke.
Not too long ago, this happened. I didn’t finish it, but took it home. Where my 4 year old son was very eager to have what daddy was drinking. So I let him take a sip. What did he think? “Mmm, I like that. It’s spicy!”
Is Diet Coke spicy? Of course not, it's sweet nectar! It’s not that my 4 year old son doesn’t know what spicy is, it’s that he doesn’t possess the vocabulary or voice to express what he’s experiencing.
Often times, we as adults and particularly as Christians, don’t possess the vocabulary or voice to express what we’re experiencing.
Enter the Psalms.
In the Psalms we have Jesus’s songbook, the songs that God’s people have sung through ages past. And as this amazing video testifies, music is an incredibly powerful thing!
The Psalms are our guide…
for who Jesus is and what he’s done;
for discipleship – what it means to follow Jesus in a fallen world;
for our spiritual and emotional formation;
for prayer – how to cry out to God in joy, sadness, anger, anxiety, gratitude, loneliness, & depression.
The Psalms help us to know ourselves, and they point us to Jesus. Check out these two quotes:
“Without knowledge of self, there is no knowledge of God. Our wisdom, insofar as it ought to be deemed true and solid wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other.” John Calvin
“Most of the scriptures speak to us, the Psalms speak for us.” – Athanasius
Want a better understanding of God? Yourself? Your depression, anxiety, loneliness, grief, anger?
Is one of your New Years Resolutions in 2016 to cultivate a stronger devotion to God and the Bible?
Want to be pointed to Jesus over and over again?
Join us on Wednesday nights at 8:30 this semester for our series "The Psalms: Soul Music" to see Jesus, to gain a vocabulary and a voice to express what you’re experiencing, and to cultivate a devotion to God. We meet in the Arts Building Auditorium, and regardless of your beliefs we would love for you to join us and invite a friend.