“God thunders across the waters, brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming brightness…Psalm 29:3 (The Message Bible)
I look forward to Fridays–not because it is the last work day of the week or my official date day with Glen, but because the scripture reference in my daily devotion book usually is from the book of Psalms. Reading from a Psalm is a good way to end a hectic week and to prepare for a worshipful experience over the weekend.
Eugene Peterson, the author of “The Message” Bible, writes about the book of Psalms: “Most Christians for most of the Christian centuries have learned to pray by praying the Psalms.” But he realized that the English translation of the Psalms, though sounding poetic, were difficult for the average person to “get it.” In his pastoral work of teaching people to pray, he began to paraphrase the Psalms, using rhythms and phrases of contemporary English. From this desire for God’s word to be heard…thundering across the waters…, “The Message Bible” was born and is now a widely read Bible for the newbie Bible reader to those who want to further explore their understanding of scripture.
An easy way to become familiar with “The Message” is through an on-line Bible source such as Gateway Bible.
Dear Lord, please guide us to fresh and new ways to worship you through the Psalms. Amen.