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The Songs of Jesus

posted Dec 29, 2015, 9:22 AM by First Baptist

 

We’ve heard me say many times that the most important hour of the day for a Christian is the first hour of the day. Hopefully, this is the hour you spend alone with God.

 

The first hour is usually the one we have the most control over in terms of the activities we engage in. This is because we control what time we get out of bed. (Note: This is not a call for less sleep. Most adults get too little sleep. Maybe for you, the discipline you need is to go to bed earlier.)

 

As part of your hour with God, I recommend “The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotionals in the Psalms” by Tim & Kathy Keller.

 

The Keller’s divide the psalms into 365 readings. Along with the Scripture passage, there is a short commentary and a suggested prayer. They encourage the reader to reflect on the passage using an adore – admit – aspire format.

 

            Adore – what did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank Him?

 

            Admit – what did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?

 

            Aspire – what did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?

 

I write out my answers to these three questions in a journal. The answers then inform my prayer time that follows.

 

Martin Luther called the Psalms a “mini Bible.” They give us an overview of salvation history from creation to the coming renewal of all things. The Keller’s write: “We are not simply to read psalms; we are to be immersed in them so that they profoundly shape how we relate to God. The psalms are the divinely ordained way to learn devotion to our God.”

 

If you’re looking to infuse your “1st hour” with something new & fresh, I highly recommend “The Songs of Jesus.”

 

Happy New Year!

 

Pastor Dan

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