Soak It Up

July 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

This Psalms journey is going fast.

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Realizing that we are 1/3 of the way through the 150 Psalms already ignited an interesting emotion in me: I want to slow down.

It’s a little bit like visiting a dear friend and realizing your time is short, so you want to soak up every last moment to the very last second.

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A few questions I’ve had to ask myself:

Am I really reading these psalms?
Am I seeking the Lord while I read what is “assigned?”
Am I making the most of the small task of a psalm per day?

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A few suggestions:

Make a decision regarding how much time you are going to spend on the psalm before reading it. Today, I have 5 minutes or Today, I will spend my lunch break with this text. The psalm itself will not take even 5 minutes to read, so the rest of your time can be spent really reading it. Read it over and over. Meditate. Write down some questions. Just pray.

Rewrite it. Several times a week, my first voluntary act of the morning is reading the psalm of the day, grabbing my notebook, and rewriting the psalm. You do not have to be a poet or a natural writer to benefit from this exercise. It’s about taking a verse or group of verses and rephrasing it, restating it in new words that you understand. This often helps me understand broader concepts. It also helps me to pray the psalm in writing. I think I will post an example of this exercise soon.

Make it yours. There is a lot of “I” and “me” language in the psalms, which makes it a little easier to relate to (as if the human experience of it all wasn’t enough!). But when you read that “I” or “me,” I challenge you to be open to read about yourself. Consider the words your own. It can be a bit scary; sometimes we get to know parts of ourselves we would rather keep in hiding. I don’t have to tell you how important it is to shine light on the dark things.

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Keep it up, friends. And enjoy the journey.

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