Joyful, Hopeful, Wise, and Disturbing: A Study of the Psalms

Update: Our Adult Bible Study sessions will now take place a half-hour later (at 11am) starting on Tuesday. We had a great first discussion about psalms of praise. Join us tomorrow as we reflect upon psalms of lament.

In conjunction with Family Camp, we will be offering an extended Adult Bible Study over the course of four days. From Monday, August 3 through Thursday, August 6, we will meet at 11am in the Tabernacle to reflect upon different selections from the Book of Psalms.

On one hand, the psalms offer us some of the most memorable and poetic selections from scripture. During difficult times I have found comfort in Psalm 23, which assures us that God is our shepherd and protector. Many familiar songs have their roots in the psalms. For example, the popular “On Eagle’s Wings” is based in part on Psalm 91. On the other hand, some psalms are disturbing and confusing. Verses about violence and war seem to conflict with our experience of God as the Lord of Peace.

How can poetry help us become better people and disciples? How can we use psalms in our prayer life? What should we do with psalms that describe God in ways that contradict our own experience? Throughout the week, we will think about these questions as we reflect upon psalms ranging from the inspiring to the confounding. Bibles will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have a favorite copy or translation.