Friday, October 1, 2010

Taste and see

Through the Bible in 90 Days: Day 40

Read: Psalm 25:1-45:14

Verse that stood out:
Taste and see that the LORD is good - Psalm 34:8

The Psalms are different from many other parts of the Bible. For the most part, they don't tell stories. They certainly don't convey a lot of doctrine. They don't give us commands to obey. These are songs of worship. They invite us to "Taste and see that the LORD is good." That is, they invite us to experience God's presence in our own lives. Not by reading the words on the page and thinking about what they mean. That's fine and dandy, but what the Psalms really invite us to do is sing them ourselves to the God who is ready to be known. This move from reading about what God has done to seeking his presence in worship is the move we make from knowing the recipe for apple pie and actually eating the delicious dessert. It's the difference between knowing about someone and actually knowing them.

If you've been reading through the Bible with us, maybe use these days in the Psalm to try something a little different. After you've read through the day's readings go back and pick out a Psalm that stood out to you. Reread it. Let it sink even more deeply into your soul. Then offer it back to God as your prayer. Make up a tune for it if you are so inclined. Make the move from reading about God to seeking his presence in your life.

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