Psalms, Shakespeare, and Remixing in the Priesthood of All Believers

For some people, the Psalms are the most boring part of the Bible. It’s not just poetry, it’s poetry about God, in a foreign language. Several months ago, I decided it was a good idea to do a three week sermon series on the Psalms. Since the first one was last Sunday, I’ve been doing some research.

Some of us read the Psalms and we start out, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!” and by the end we’re going, “heyh-heyh-my-savior-meh-meh-meh.”By the time we get to the end, it’s a funeral dirge. How was I going to avoid a dirge of a sermon series? Well. I needed a Fifth of Beethoven and about 15 seconds of Kanye West. Read on…

First. Psalms are like Shakespeare. The more you read, the better it gets.

Second. We can put Shakespeare in contemporary context and make a comprehensible version. In that way, the Psalms are like classical music. We hear it and we’re told it’s “good music” it helps us do better on the SATs or whatever—but many of us don’t know how to listen to it. Continue reading