Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Our 25-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, is a university grad but she returned to school last Fall to participate in a graphic arts program. She enjoys the creative challenge and the assignments are often unorthodox. Recently a teacher asked them to come up with some inventive illustrations for the 23rd psalm, citing it as a poem outside their usual experience.
Jocelyn was surprised that a number of students complained that this was pushing religion down their throats, even though the teacher didn't really say anything about the faith aspect of the psalm. She was also intrigued to see their efforts, which leaned heavily on lambs and the baby Jesus!
As we have been studying the psalms here at St. Paul's during the past few weeks it has struck me that we can develop a psalm vocabulary over time, although that happens less and less in churches as we move away from the regular inclusion of a psalm in worship. We have been including the psalm on Sunday mornings during Lent as a companion to our study, but we don't do this often. As I have read psalms in preparation I have been moved by many of them and disturbed by some. As always, preparing for studies makes me focus and I have enjoyed this look at the psalms.
Do you have favorite psalms? Do you struggle with biblical literacy generally? Are there psalms you like to sing?