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Chaplains Chat, 30th May 2019

Walking with the Psalms

The Psalms are a wonderful resource from the bible. There are 150 Psalms written in the form of poems and songs. They are attributed to King David. They address many of the situations and emotions that we face as humans. These include sadness, guilt, anger, questioning, contentment, joy and many more. I am aware that many people in our community face challenges at a number of levels. With that in mind, I would like to share Psalm 27, a Psalm that I view as a Psalm of encouragement. I have used “The Message” version of the bible, a version that uses contemporary language. These are some extracts from the Psalm.

Psalms 27

1 Light, space, zest - that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless,     afraid of no one and nothing.

    When vandal hordes ride down ready to eat me alive, Those bullies and toughs fall flat on their faces.

When besieged, I’m calm as a baby. When all hell breaks loose, I’m collected and cool.

I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.

That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.

God holds me head and shoulders above all who try to pull me down. I’m headed for his place to offer anthems  that will raise the roof! Already I’m singing God-songs; I’m making music to God.

13-14 I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God.

As we face the many challenges in our lives, some good and some not so good, we could worse that to “walk with the Psalms.”  I often find strength and encouragement in the Psalms. I am confident that you could as well.

May God bless you in this walk.

Rev Dave