Friday, March 20, 2009

Psalm 63

This Saturday we'll be studying Psalm 63.

Some materials on it for your consideration:
Dr. Bill Long discusses Psalm 63 and the theme of longing for God - he wrote a book on this topic, and its first chapter was about this psalm.

And here is someone who simply puts it into her own words. This is a good exercise in studying any scripture. A second step can be in asking, "How do I obey this? How should I respond to this Scripture?" A man in New York whose lectionary prayer materials I like does this regularly with lectionary texts, by responding to each verse with prayers to God. Here are the prayers he formulates for Psalm 63.

You can read more thoughts about this kind of Bible study in Paul Watson's thoughts on Three Column Bible Studies.

Musical resources:
A setting of this psalm by Henry Purcell here
A gospel choir singing it here
A Coptic (!) teeny praise band singing it in Ontario, here


AE admin said...

The theme of longing for God came up today when I was considering loneliness and the terrible emptiness we sometimes fell when we are lonely.

In moments of loneliness we can try to turn to God, and recognize a longing which is part of our longing for fellowship with God.

This brought me to thinking of Augustine, and his famous words in the Confessions:
"Thou hast made us for Thyself O God, and the heart of man is restless until it finds its rest in Thee."

This thought of the restlessness of the soul and the longing for God is ever-present in Augustine's thought on God and man - it's become in itself an important stream in theology.

Randy Alcorn has a posting on Augustine and this thought here.