"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Preaching Series on Psalms (I)
Drinking Deeply from the Psalms (Part I) Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
Notes (and hymns) for a six-part preaching series on the Psalms1
This worship and preaching series on the psalms is meant to move through the psalms in a manner that reflects both how the Psalter progresses, but also in a manner that reflects how we actually experience life. With regard to how the Psalter progresses, this series moves from Psalm 1 (the introduction to the Psalter) to Psalm 150 (the "exclamation mark" on the Psalter -- and also from "lament" to "praise." With regard to how we actually experience life, the series follows Walter Brueggemann's typology that we move from "orientation" through "disorientation" and then to "reorientation."
Week 1 Psalm 1
Introduction to the Psalms
The Book of Psalms is filled with images. And the first images in the Psalter are of two "roads" (or a "ways") and of a "tree." The roads signal the directions one takes in life -- and the roads are characterized not by their geography ("you take the high road and I'll take the low road") but rather by who walks on each road and to whom each road belongs. ...
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