Reclaim the Psalms for true worship, as well as prayer, as you learn how to approach God with the emotional intensity of the ancient psalmists. Denise Dombkowski Hopkins combines the insights of scholarship on the Psalms with artwork, liturgy, song, and poetry, to give us a new way to use the Psalms in our life of faith together, to empower our corporate identity and revitalize our worship. She examines how the Psalms formed the worship of ancient synagogues and the earliest churches and how they can do the same for our churches today. Reflective questions bring worship leaders and individuals alike to a new awareness of the power of the Psalms to enrich public worship and private devotions with an honesty that does not turn away from the realities of suffering and anger.
In Praying Psalms Ian Stackhouse offers daily reflections on all 150 psalms. In so doing, he seeks to alert the reader to the sheer emotional range of the Psalter in the hope that this will give courage to pray bold, honest prayers. Indeed, Praying Psalms is best used not as a commentary but a basic primer for anyone wanting to encounter the psalms in all their rawness and vitality. Whether in small groups settings or private prayer, and whether in sequence or in random selection, Praying Psalms is a confident reassertion of the central place of the Psalter in Christian spirituality.
"The book of Psalms is a collection of Hebrew poetry originally written as praise to the Hebrew God Yahweh. The 150 psalms have several different authors-one of the most famous is King David. While he wrote almost half of them, his son Solomon and many others contributed to this collection of ancient poems which essentially became a Jewish hymnbook. One of the most striking characteristics of the book is the heart-felt earnestness of the authors. They don't hold back as they write about anger, revenge, jealousy-as well as their desire for God's glory and honor to be spread throughout the earth. The authors let their true selves shine through the pages. I hope that as you spend the next six weeks or so reading through many of the Psalms, you won't just read the words, but you'll wrestle with the implications these words have for your life. When your lifestyle has changed for the good after six straight weeks in God's Word, you'll have cause for celebration! The Word of God is compared to a two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12). It is not weak, but powerful, and it should affect your life greatly. Expect, and welcome, the changes that come into your life. May you be a different person because you have encountered the Living Word (John 1:1) within the written word...and have obeyed the commands he has given you." [excerpt from the book]
Do you desire a new upward direction in life? Join the Psalmist in steps that lead upward in growing spiritually. Each chapter outlines steps of an upward path as a disciple in Jesus, leading to healthy relationships and perspectives of God and others.
Experience God's Compassion and Glorious Character in Your Life The book of Psalms is often our first choice when we're searching for comfort, mercy, or reassurance. The meeting of human emotions and divine love shines bright in every chapter. From the author of 52 Weeks with Jesus and 52 Weeks Through the Bible comes an insightful and inspiring journey through select portions of the Psalms. As you spend time contemplating the holy words of Scripture, you'll gain new levels of... understanding about the provision and power of God trust in the faithful, approachable presence of God growth in your soul's joyful response to God Enrich your relationship with the Lord of your life as you find new reasons and ways to come before him in prayer and praise.
Sue Smith has contributed a much-needed collection of principles and insights for the process of songwriting. Using the Psalms as signposts on this journey, Sue has drawn from David, the greatest songwriter of all time, to help present day songwriters find the joy and the discipline of singing our hearts out to God. —Gloria Gaither, songwriter, author, speak Sue C. Smith has been the most prolific and impactful writer for our company and the thousands of churches we serve. This new book is as beneficial as thousands of hours of conference training, but it is all in one brilliant resource. —Johnathan Crumpton, Sr. Vice President, Brentwood-Benson Publications This book is a priceless treasure. The wealth of experience and spiritual perspective from one of Christian music’s most prolific songwriters is like gold. —Mike Harland, Director, LifeWay Worship Resources