Last Sunday we commenced a five-week series from the Psalms, Talking Back to God. James Duff, our Young Families and Young Adults Pastor, preached a great message from Ps 90. Each year we incorporate five weeks or so of journeying through the Pslams. This year I was greatly inspired by this book on the psalms:
Have you ever felt like talking back to God? That’s the question posed by Lynn Anderson in Talking Back to God: Speaking your Heart to God Through the Psalms. This is not a verse-by-verse commentary on the Psalms. It is much more than that!
In Lynn’s words, the book is a “humble guide for talking back to God using the Psalms.”
And the book certainly achieves its purpose for those who take up the challenge to pray one psalm a day – not legalistically, but with heart orientation to pursue God.
In the current circumstances of our family, with cancer rapidly producing very large tears in my wife’s body, I was struck by the opening lines of chapter 8 where Lynn enters into the wonders of Ps 23. Here’s Lynn’s experience:
“Soon after I was diagnosed with lung cancer, I tossed through some long nights with dark shadows and my faith seemed terribly weak. Several mornings in a row, my first waking thought was, ‘I have death in my body.’…
So one of those dark mornings I ventured to confess this to Carolyn.
“I have death in my body,” I said.
“Of course you do,” she replied. ”So do I. So does everyone. But you also have life in your body. And we going to celebrate life.”"
What is your experience as you go to the regular spiritual gym of the Psalms? My own experience is that of Lynn’s:
“Even when we are too weak to see it ourselves, the Psalms remind us of God’s strength available to us. They remind us that we can talk back to God – even when we feel as if death is in our bodies.”