I use to spend allot of time in the Psalter. Among the prayers, songs, poems and heart cries I found comfort and security. The comfort comes from words, phrases, and themes that feed my mind with images, mythology, guidance, and theology, enlarging the vocabulary of my heart. the security is found in the honesty expressed and invoked by these heart songs; I con be bluntly real with this Great God and He will unveil Himself to me in reality and honesty
I miss learning those lessons each day.
I have fallen out of habit of walking the Psalms, and I want to rediscover these paths of comfort and security. So, I am going to form and uncover a habit.
David Crowder wrote a book in 2004 entitled “Praise Habit“. I started reading this book yesterday, and it has heightened and defined this longing I have to get back into the Psalms. There are meditations on 21 different Psalms in this book, and seeing as it takes 21 days to form a habit, I want to spent the next 21 days interacting with these Psalms myself. This is not for a super spiritual experience, nor is this to be a cood little Christian with a good “quiet time”. This is so that I might learn every day that my faith makes the every day real as it really is.
The formation of the habit of reading and meditating on the Psalms is to uncover another habit: the habit of Christ that we ware. In the book, David Crowder points out that the word habit not only refers to an action but also to a garb that nuns ware to identify to the world what they are. In the same way, we ware Christ, and the meditations on the Psalms is a reminder of who I really am in Christ and is food to grow deeper into this real identity.
So, for the next 21 days I will be posting thoughts on 21 Psalms. Please pray for me, because this is a fight against apathy and entertainment. If anyone sees that I have missed a day, call me on it, leave a comment, email me, if you have my phone number call me and yell at me. I want to reform the habit of lectio divina as a defining rhythm in my life, and by doing so I want to uncover the identity I truly have in Christ.
“What follows are twenty-one psalms, with hope that they drift into your life in a way that rattles and changes- in a way that sneaks in and subverts your current living until you find yourself comming to life with vivacity and freedom of movement, with the sparkling, flammable words dancing in your soul, “I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive…,” until tears spill down in belief.”
David Crowder, Praise Habit
(Colorado Springs:Th1nk, 2004), p. 44