New from our friends at Lexham Press–
Well-known as a public figure and theologian, Abraham Kuyper was also, like David, a man after God’s own heart. His profound thought was energized by a vibrant faith. It is fitting that the Psalms–the anatomy of the human soul–inspired abundant meditation for Kuyper as he endeavored to apply Christ’s Lordship to all of life.
Translated and introduced by James De Jong, these thirty-one meditations on the Psalms reveal the devotion of a seasoned saint who remained faithful to his Lord.
Devotional books are everywhere, for all niche interest groups, subgroups, and small groups. No matter your theological flavor and no matter your choice of bible versions and no matter your choice in book covers, somewhere out there there exists the perfect devotional volume for your tastes.
This book is another.
Its layout is engaging. On one page, at the beginning of each section, a Psalm text is set on the full page. On black paper with white font. Then each Psalm is accompanied by observations of a devotional/ spiritual nature by the Reformed theologian Abraham Kuyper. And, surprisingly, in spite of the fact that he died in 1920, his words still bear meaning.
There’s a tiny introduction and a full table of contents but no index. So if readers are desirous of finding a particular Psalm for help in a particular situation, they will not find it. The TOC simply lists the texts devotionalized by means of a short descriptor like ‘Upright in Heart’ and ‘Like a Deaf Viper’.
These 31 devotions needn’t be read in any sort of order. They are not sequential (although the Psalms treated do follow the canonical order). Readers can and should feel free to skip and jump around according to whatever section catches their eye.
Kuyper’s observations are really quite profound. In his treatment of Ps 58 (back to the viper bit) he remarks “For you the concern is not what God may do with the poison you generate. Rather, it should be what effect you have on others. Is it a healthy or a destructive influence?”
What? Don’t @ me, dude.
And that’s why I enjoyed and highly recommend this little book to you. Because it challenges us to think about our own relationship with God in a delightful and provocative way. But it also challenges us to rise above the dregs of modern life, and be better.
Being better is the hard part. Enjoying this book will be as easy for you as it was for me. Enjoy it. And maybe allow it to challenge you. To @ you.