The Psalms draw me in during my time with the Lord. I tend to avoid negative feelings by watching TV, eating or shopping. Pretty much anything that distracts me from the pit in my stomach. Hanging out in the Psalms helps me feel. And feel like it’s ok to feel.
King David experienced every range of human emotion we experience or imagine. Extreme grief, shame over sin, anger and frustration – at God no less. He felt separation and distance from God and He experienced great joy in the Lord’s presence. The Bible records it all.
Praying the Psalms helps bring up my emotions and process them. This book reminds me of God’s goodness, faithfulness and mighty acts. And none of that changes when I express my negative feelings to Him.
What Does Spurgeon Have to Do With it?
With these sentiments toward Psalms, I appreciated the opportunity to read and review Spurgeon and the Psalms. Charles Spurgeon, an English preacher (called “The Prince of Preachers”) in the 1800’s, wrote sermons, books and commentaries that influenced so many that he continues to be held in high regard in Christian circles today.
Spurgeon wrote that “No one needs better company than the Psalms.” He called them “the school of patience, the soul’s soliloquies, the little Bible, the anatomy of devotion, the Holy Land of poesy, the heart of Scripture, the map of experience, and the tongue of saints.” During his pastoral ministry Spurgeon preached through the Book of Psalms and these sermons later became published under the title The Treasury of David. The introduction of Spurgeon and the Psalms explains that a short passage from these sermons accompanies each of the 150 Psalms.
This beautiful book, in leathersoft black with gold gilded edges, feels good to hold. Each Psalm, presented with its own commentary, makes the small volume perfect for daily times of devotion with the Lord.
The New King James Version is beautifully written and Spurgeon’s commentary poetic, but I personally find it a little difficult to follow. To be transparent, though, I think God is calling me to slow down with Him. So I plan to keep at it.
*** Full disclosure – I received a copy of this book for free as a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid.
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