A Breath of Fresh Psalms

“A bug, a bug Mommy!”

“Flowers!”

“Airplane! Airplane!”

These are just a few of the exclamations that pour off my children’s lips on a daily basis. Just last week, my 3 year old brought me a caterpillar. I thought it was kinda yucky, to be honest. But he was thrilled with it, draggin’ it along with us on our walk. {I think the caterpillar was less enthused. I’m not sure it was breathing at the conclusion of our outing. Poor fella.}

 

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To view the world through a child’s eyes brings heightened awareness to the everyday, the otherwise mundane. Their amazement breathes fresh air on a stale day, bringing thankfulness and a joy back at home in my heart.

As we read through Psalms this summer, let’s take a moment to view this book through a fresh lens. Here are a few things you may not know about Psalms, freshening up the way you read it:

~The book of Psalms is actually broken into five books:

  • Book 1 – Psalms 1-41
  • Book 2 – Psalms 42-72
  • Book 3 – Psalms 73-89
  • Book 4 – Psalms 90-106
  • Book 5 – Psalms 107-150

~Each of the books ends with a doxology or song of praise. For example, Psalm 150 ends with “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”

~Psalms is the longest book of the Bible.

~Psalms is composed by several authors including Moses, David, Solomon, and the sons of Korah.

~Psalms covers a variety of topics: war, peace, jubilation, worship, defeat, judgment, messianic prophecy, and lament.

~Psalms was used as a hymnal in the worship services of ancient Israel.

Whatever we are going through this summer, jubilation or defeat, let us too use Psalms as our hymnal. I challenge you to find one that resonates with you and let it breathe fresh air into your everyday!

 


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