Read, Soak, Repeat

June 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

So I’m reading a book called How To Read The Psalms.  It’s a nice book; small, helpful, accessible.  If you’re looking for a gateway into studying the Psalms, that book is a pretty nice place to start.  But listen.  No matter how much you know about the book of Psalms, or the whole Bible for that matter, actually reading it is God’s command.

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My time with the Psalms so far this week has been a grand experiment in rhythm.  I have learned a few things that I would like to share with you. 1) If you find you don’t have time for a psalm, you are probably spending too much time on something else. *cough*cough*Facebook*cough*. What is your homepage on your computer? Try making it biblegateway.com.  2) I have to read the psalm as many times as it takes for me to actually read the words. Bottom line: it takes time to find your rhythm.  Take the time, don’t give up.  Did you forget a day? Or 5? Keep moving forward.

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Here are a few rhythms that you can try on for size:

1)Read the psalm a few times when you wake up, a few times before bed.  I prefer doing this with a tall glass of water in the morning : ]

2)Soak: turn on your favorite jazz record or claim complete silence for a few minutes and then read the psalm…over and over and over and over.  I like to call this “soaking.”

3)Rewrite the psalm in your own words.

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Read well, my friends!

Love,
Chels

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