Praying the Psalms of Jesus
At key moments in his life on earth, Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, turned to the Psalms for words to express his deepest thoughts and emotions. It is not hard to imagine Jesus, his mind and heart saturated with the words and thoughts of the Psalms as they were prayed aloud in the Temple, going off early in the morning to pray. How much must he have mouthed the words of the Psalms and given them a fulfillment? They became his answering speech to his heavenly Father.
In these pages you will discover how the psalms that relate closely to the mission of Jesus can also become our answering speech. We will begin our journey into the mind of Christ by immersing ourselves in several psalms which Jesus himself refers to and fulfills. And then in the second half of the book, we will immerse ourselves in psalms that Jesus would have meditated on during his time on earth, focusing on the heart and mind of Jesus as he prayed the psalms. Structural analysis of each psalm will help us grow our ability to read the Psalms. The guided personal prayer liturgy with each chapter will help us go deeper in the experience of praying the Psalms.
Through these psalms we will discover more of the human life of our Lord and Savior. And in the process we will discover more of who we are as we come before our holy God.
Also included: a group discussion and prayer experience to accompany each chapter.
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"Church leaders, pastors and teachers of adult Sunday School classes may find this work very helpful for a more complete understanding of these nine Psalms."
"Tying Old and New Testament together in joyous proclamation of our Lord, Praying the Psalms of Jesus makes appealing, challenging food for Christian group and/or individual study. While many of the ideas demand deep thought, the narrative is clear and uncomplicated, presented by an author who obviously has great affection for the Psalms."
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Introduction: Knowing Jesus by Praying the Psalms
Part 1. Jesus in the Psalms
1. Jesus: Abandoned and Exalted--Psalm 22
2. A King and Priest Forever--Psalm 10
3. The Stone the Builders Rejected--Psalm 118
4. You are My Son--Psalm 2
5. Zeal for Your House--Psalm 69
Part 2. The Psalms in Jesus
6. He Rides Upon the Storm--Psalm 29
7. The Lord is My Shepherd--Psalm 23
8. Ride on O King Eternal--Psalm 45
9. How Long Will You Be Angry?--Psalm 80
Epilogue: Apologetics and the Psalms of Jesus
Appendix: Guide for Small Group Leaders