OWAAT (One Week At a Time), Week of October 1: The Psalms

Welcome to the weekly Think! Pray! Act! update, helping us integrate these things that we may live into the Gospel more fully. This week we continue our journey through the Psalms and the theological conversations inspired by them, begin our prayer practice of Lectio Divina (another practice of Ignatian spirituality), and live the Gospel through our daily activities and experiences. Check out the calendar if you’d like some ideas!

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Daily Bible-in-3-Years Readings for October 1-7, 2017

October 1 Psalm 37
October 2 Psalm 38
October 3 Psalm 39
October 4 Psalm 40
October 5 Psalm 41
October 6 Psalm 42
October 7 Psalm 43

Word & World
devotes an entire journal issue to the Psalms. Take a look! What do the Psalms mean to us? How do we think about what they mean to us? This article, while dated, gives us an overview of the types of things scholars have considered while studying the Psalms. How do their concerns align with ours?

Abstract: “The scholarly investigation of the Psalms is now as always a matter of lively discussion on a variety of issues. In these pages no effort is made to cover that discussion exhaustively. The focus is on those issues that seem to this writer to be at the forefront and of potential importance for persons whose primary task is the interpretation of the Psalms in the context of the community of faith.”
Miller, Jr., Patrick D. “Current Issues in Psalms Studies.” Word & World 5.2 (1985): 132–43. https://wordandworld.luthersem.edu/issues.aspx?article_id=817.

“African believers […] searched the Bible to find the power that they thought the missionaries refused to show them. The members of the African Indigenous Churches found this power and these potent words especially in the book of Psalms. Some psalms are therefore classified as ‘therapeutic psalms.’ The reading of the Bible is combined with the African indigenous method of healing. Herbs, prayer, fasting, and the use of God’s name are employed in the healing process in addition to the use of psalms.”

Adamo, David Tuesday. “Psalms.” Global Bible Commentary. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.


Lectio Divina, a prayer practice that comes to us from St. Ignatius of Loyola, can be a helpful way in which to frame our intentional time with God. Check out this article for the basics:
Leonhardt, SJ, Douglas J. “Praying with Scripture.” Ignatian Spirituality, n.d. http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-what-how-why-of-prayer/praying-with-scripture.


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Williams, Andrew. “Biblical Lament and Political Protest.” Jubilee Centre, March 7, 2014. http://www.jubilee-centre.org/biblical-lament-political-protest-andrew-williams/.
a THEOLOGY OF RESISTANCE. “Home: We Resist.” PROPHETIC RESISTANCE PROJECT, 2015. http://www.theologyofresistance.org/we-resist.
Other resources:
Cover photo:
Boadt, Lawrence, and F. F. Bruce, eds. The Psalms: Ancient Poetry of the Spirit. The classic Bible series. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

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