Since I close chapter three of the book by talking about St. Patrick I wanted to share the entire chapter as a celebration of his life and legacy. I hope you enjoy it. The book can be purchased from Amazon.com at this link.
Simply click on the picture below to read Chapter 3 – St. Patrick and Psalm 42
The Psalms: you’ve heard them read in church, adapted into worship songs and maybe glanced through them once or twice. But have you ever asked yourself what the message is behind this moving yet enigmatic book? Have you ever let the Psalms truly speak to you, or, to put it more accurately, let God speak to you through them? In Out of the Depths, singer and song-writer Rick Lee James invites you to do precisely that. Using a unique blend of personal stories, scholarship and pastoral insight, Rick walks you through the Book of Psalms in 10 deep and powerful chapters. He invites you to learn more, feel more and, above all, hear from God through the Psalms more than you ever have before.
Whether you’ve read the Psalms a hundred times or aren’t familiar with them at all, Out of the Depths is a book that will challenge you and help you to look at the Bible’s prayer book, the Book of Psalms, in an entirely new light.
In my prayer time this morning I was reflecting on the love and grace that God has showered on us, creating us in His image and likeness, making us His temple. What really stood out to me today was the idea that we have been made in the image of God.
There’s a lot in that statement, more than I’m sure I’ve ever grasped. One thing that continually stands out to me when I think of that phrase is how closely the word image is linked with the word imagination. It makes the phrase take on new meaning for me.
Here’s how Genesis 1:27 reads “So God (Elohim- The Creator) created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
Now read it with the word imagination replacing the word image. “So God (Elohim- The Creator) created mankind in his own imagination, in the imagination of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
As someone who is a recovering self-loather, I have to pause when I think that I have been created in the image (imagination) of God. All of us have been. When the Creator uses His imagination, He creates things in His image. It makes me wonder, how creative are we if we are trying to imitate someone else in our work? Do I write songs so I can sound like Mumford and Sons or do I write songs to sound like Rick Lee James?
When God uses His imagination and creates, the creation ends up being like Him. We see this in all creation. Animals, mammals, trees, oceans, mountains, people, and everything else in creation reflect some aspect of who God is.
So here’s are some questions.
Does our best art reflect who we are?
Is it good art if it doesn’t say something truthful about it’s creator?
This week on Voices In My Head, my guest is Thomas Merton. Thomas Merton is a spiritual hero of mine and even though he passed away many years ago, his writings and life have been a major influence upon the world. Today I read selections from his book, No Man Is An Island, and share some Merton inspired thoughts on salvation.
My guest this week is the host of a great radio program call Under The Radar which weekly features gourmet music by both mainstream and independent artists. It’s pleasure to share airtime with this truly cool husband, father of 5, and connoisseur of pizza. It’s a really great show and we cover a lot of topics including Under The Radar’s summer show, Escape To The Lake, which will feature friend of the Podcast Sara Groves on their main stage. You won’t want to miss this great episode of Voices In My Head.