A God Who Comes Near: Reflections on the Psalms

A God Who Comes Near: Reflections on the Psalms

by Rhoda A. Carpenter


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This book is written to reawaken awareness of both the beauty of the psalms and their ability to speak with relevance to our contemporary culture--a generation in danger of losing the psalmist's voice. May this generation hear the voice of the psalmist pointing them to a God who desires honest expression, who comes close to listen to their cries, and points them to a deeper understanding of who he is and how he loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400325191
Publisher: Elm Hill
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Living and studying in the Middle East provided a window into the vivid imagery in the psalms. Years of teaching Bible further deepened love of the psalms and led to greater awareness of the literary beauty and connection to the land from which the psalms originated. Daily reading of the psalms deepened the relevance of the psalms to address life’s joys and sorrows. Academic credentials: Doctor of Ministry, Masters in Bible and Theology, Masters in Counseling, and Bachelor of Science.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Focus of Reflections ix

Introduction xiii

Title: Psalms 1

Headings in the Psalms 3

Was David the Author? 3

Musical and Liturgical Headings 10

Pausing for Reflection 19

Arrangement of the Psalms: a Theological Purpose 21

The Psalms Enveloped in Praise 27

Key Themes in the Psalms 29

Reading the Psalms: Hearing the Music 37

Parallelism in Hebrew Poetry the Rhythm of Thought 38

Imagery in the Psalms 52

Zion Imagery 56

Reading the Psalms in the Light of the Resurrection 65

Lament, Thanksgiving, and Praise

Rise on our Lips 77

Praying the Lament Psalms 79

Praying the Lament Psalms in Community 84

Singing and Dancing in Praise 86

Praise in Community, Psalm 150 92

A Closer Look at Individual Psalms 97

Psalm 1: A Wisdom Psalm-Choose Life 97

Psalm 6: A Psalm of Lament-a Window into God's Heart 108

Psalm 23: A Psalm of Trust-Led by the Shepherd 118

Psalm 30: A Psalm of Thanksgiving-a Leap of Joy 133

Psalm 62: A Psalm of Trust-Don't Give Me Your Power 140

A Closing Reflection 151

Diagrams 153

Bibliography 155

Acknowledgments 163

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