The Psalms propel us into the deepest questions about ourselves, about others, and about God. As we let them expose the depths of our emotion, they will lead us to the God who reveals Himself in the midst of our struggle.
The Psalms to me is the bible within the bible. It helps us to feel many emotions, articulate, and to focus what is the heart of God. It is historical, poetic and prophetic. It is for us to know God personally, to experience Him with our emotions, and to worship Him in spirit in truth. In this study, Stedman takes his readers through Psalms to teach how we can become engaged with the word of God. Each 7 chapters expresses our emotions with Psalms – first by reading a Psalm, reading the Psalm out loud with umph, then going back and highlighting/underlining key words so that we are not just reading the Psalms for the sake of reading but for worship. To help identify our emotions and the root of our emotions.
He starts with introducing Emotional intelligence, Emotional Connection and Emotional health. Each of these are drawn out of each chapter. Do we have these emotional components with our relationship with the Lord? With others? Each chapter breaks these out for you to reflect and to apply.
In identifying, we begin to learn our thoughts and emotions and to deal with them more practically. Not to be consumed but relate it to the truth of God’s word. There is a balance that we must maintain.
Some of the quotes that I found encouraging.
Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning.
The stupendous truth is that God is indeed moved by us, tiny humans that we are. He cares and is affected-literally by our emotions. The Scripture reveals God as an emotionally responsive being who grieves, rejoices, thirsts, and loves. Our emotions affect God.
Peace is not a matter of whom we become but whose we become.
The Psalms usually follow this pattern: anguish or questions first, then worship, thanksgiving and trust follow.
The Psalms demand that we recognize that praise does not spring from a delusion that things are better than they are, but rather from the human capacity for joy.
Psalms is so much more. It is the cry of the heart to know the One who creates and sustains. I encourage you to take in the words that can bring you into the presence of God.
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