Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Mmm Whiskey

That's right, I'm drinking. Not much, just enough to savor the flavor. I like Guinness too:)

Anyway, I've been thinking about the Psalms lately. I've decided they're the beef jerky of the Bible. Let me explain before you burst a capillary or bust a gut. The Psalms are rich and hearty, enjoyable to chew on, savor. The longer you roll it in your mouth, so to speak, the more you learn about them. Much like jerky, the flavor will change, but it won't deplete. If you like, you can find a certain amount of enjoyment by quickly chewing and swallowing, receiving sustenance. Or you can suck on the meat for a while, exploring the flavorful nuances, appreciating the subtle messages and complex meanings. Most of all, at the end of the entire experience, I feel like praising God, just as the psalmists. I know, it's a rough analogy, but that's what I think.

I've been reading the Psalms for my daily devotions, and I really enjoy it. I get caught in a rut sometimes. Having grown up in a Christian family, I often feel like I've read everything so many times it gets boring. But as I'm taking a simple approach to the Psalms, I'm changing how I think about the Bible and how I pray. I've decided that I'm going to read three or four specific chapters, and I'm going to go over them several times in an attempt to delve deeper into their meanings. I'm hoping this will give me a new approach on how I read the Bible every day, and I already know that I'm growing. And I'm sticking with chapters that I'm not as familiar with. I don't aim for memorization, per say, just deep study (thanks for the Key Word Study Bible, Dad and Mom). Fav Psalm-91. Read it, it's sweet. I wanted it tattooed on my back....not just the reference, the entire thing.

Writing is going well. I'm going to work on it more tomorrow.

Paid for school today, not as expensive as I expected so I bought a 12pk of Guinness.

Feelings of hope make me excited for the work that I do, followed by trepidation that something might go wrong. I just need to trust God to do what's best for me. I have the feeling that I might be due for a serious mistake her pretty soon.....pray that I don't do something stupid.

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