I’ve had an idea–and I’m sharing that idea, although I’m not entirely sure whether it’s a possible project. I wonder if people could glean images and metaphors from the New Testament and incorporate them into a new sort of devotional psalter, like New Testament Psalms. Replacing the Book of Psalms? No!!!!! Making a part II that could, in any way, equal the authority, strengths, and beauties of the Book of Psalms?? No!
But wouldn’t it be a cool discipline? One could study the Book of Psalms and try to incorporate original structures and linguistic affectations. (Am I using that word right?) What do you think?
I think it could be a really neat way to study the Old and New Testaments. It could be a wonderful devotional discipline, as well as an amazing set of writing exercises!
The thing is, I’m not sure it’s really possible. If a person got a big head over it, that would sour the whole deal, wouldn’t it?
On the other hand, wouldn’t that be a neat way to help children learn and review themes and lessons in Scripture? Through verse and reinforced imagery?
Would God even allow such a thing? And, wouldn’t any publisher, let alone any author, be criticized as though God’s Word can just be whipped up, no matter how much thoughtful study went into such a thing.
(A side note: I love the idea of Bible studies incorporating poetry. Maybe I’m alone here as I’ve never seen it done. Have you?)
So, if you’d like to take this shared idea and run with it, I suggest you be INCREDIBLY CAREFUL! 🙂 And, if you publish, do so anonymously, with a very deferential introduction, lest all sorts of scandalous Satan-breathed mischief follow.
Or, considering it a different way, maybe there are already New Testament psalms in Scripture that just aren’t typically considered in that light. There are hymns, prayers, and sermons, after all.
Just stuff I was thinking about, and, you know me, I share ideas so I don’t need to write them all. 😉
A blessed weekend, folks! Wishing you some reading & writing!