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E God s newness Ps 100 103 113 135 146 147 148 149 150PSALMS ARE FOR PEOPLE 146 147 148 149 150Psalms are for people living at the edge of their lives sensitive to the raw hurts the primitive passions and the naive elations that are at the bottom of our life For most of s liturgical or devotional entry into the Psalms reuires a real change of pace to listen as well as speak It asks s to depart from the closely managed world of public survival to move into the open frightening healing world of speech with the Holy OneThe speech of the Psalms is abrasive revolutionary and dangerous It announces that our common experience is not one of well being and euilibrium but a churning disruptive experience of dislocation but a churning disruptive experience of dislocation relocation These Psalms are a sufficient resource to enable robust faith and provides a model in which we may challenge established consensus raise true and hard estions about theology and society and emerge with a truer picture of the nature of God and societyPSALMS AS SPIRITUALITYThis movement is most clearly played out in the life of Jesus of Nazareth For example Philippians 25 11Orientation Though He was in the form of God Disorientation He emptied himself Re Orientation Therefore God has highly exalted him We see this in Christian baptism We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father we too may live a new life Romans 64 NIV Sharing in his death by our baptism means that we were co buried and entombed with him so that when the Father s glory raised Christ from the dead we were also raised with him We have been co resurrected with him so that we could be empowered to walk in the freshness of new life Romans 64 TPTThe psalms of negativity the complaints of various kinds the cries for vengeance and profound penitence are foundational to a life of faith in this particular God WB SofP page xiiHope is rooted in the midst of loss and darknessThe Psalms are profoundly subversive of the dominant culture which wants to deny and cover over the darkness we are called to enterPSALMS AS SEASONS OF LIFEHuman life consists ofSatisfied seasons of well being that evoke gratitude for the constancy of blessing orientationAnguished seasons of hurt alienation suffering and death These evoke rage resentment self pity and hatred disorientationSurprise when we are overwhelmed with the new gifts of God when joy breaks through despair Where there has been only darkness there is lightFrom nomos order to anomie chaos From plea to praise and the kingly psalms are further emphasised in Mark 114 15 Luke 418 19 722 Matthew 610To preach that everything is awesome is not true because life is marked by incoherence and loss of balance Christian praise songs about God s order and reliability are at best only partly true It is not faith or defiance of the devil or resistance to secular worldliness but a frightened numb denial and deception that doesn t want to acknowledge admit or experience the savage disorientation of lifeIt is an odd inclination for passionate Bible The Dark Son users because the large portion of Hebrew Scriptures are liturgies of lament poems of protest and cries of complaint about the angst in the world I think religious people dismiss lament as negativity as if that isnfaith and implies God s loss of controlTo cling to an insistence that everything is in order and rightly orientated is to completely miss the point of Jesus life betrayal murder and resurrection I must be betrayed and handed over to death But his disciples implored him to not go that way The Messenger of Magnolia Street unable to cope with such a threat to our sense of sage assured orientation Jesus gave his sharpest rebuke to his friends who tried to stop the process Matthew 1621 26 It is re orientation that Jesus is leading them to It is being lead from the green pastures to descent into the valley of the shadow of death in order to ascend and enter the house of the Lord Psalm 23Similarly on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24 v17 They stood still with sadness on their faces v21 But we were hoping He was the One v25 Then Jesus said to them O foolish ones how slow are your hearts to believe all that the prophets have spoken Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and then to enter His glory The point I am making is that psalms of darkness are not failures but acts of bold faith Bold because it exposes pretend superficiality to acknowledge reality and bold because it insists that disorder is something that we can actually talk to God about Nothing is out of bounds or inappropriate to say to God Here s the deal everything we experience can and must be turned into speech and addressed to GodThis is why psalms of darkness are crucial because God is present in participating in and attentive to darkness weakness and displacement After all the Saviour is a man of sorrows and acuainted with grief Isaiah 533A religion of secure orientation is terrified by the honest even visceral speech that it has always censored denied and forciblyenched because it offends proper and dignified religious sensitivitiesBut when a desperate plea is addressed to God in the form of complaint petition and ngua. 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is then into praises of assurance of being heard new vows and promises made and expressions of adoration Brueggermann brings the Psalms to life with his insightful material on orientation disorientation new orientation Being a short abridgment of one of his larger works it is a great entry point for the everyday Christian but deep enough for the theologically trained This is a rather small and point for the everyday Christian but deep enough for the theologically trained This is a rather small and book but I really struggled to read its academic and dense contents I have an extensive vocabulary but I find some academics write in a way that feels almost purposefully obtuse The author seems to take a lot of words to say not very much It s very academic in tone which seems to contradict the title s spiritual intent One of the interesting aspects presented by the author is how the psalms are likely to be interpreted differently by Jews versus Christians Basically the author presents three categories of psalms belonging to orientation faith in creation disorientation struggle and frustrations and new orientation historical liberation None of the psalms is actually reprinted in the text though so you ll want to have them nearby to consult The last chapter was my favorite and I wonder why it wasn t the first chapter I m actually surprised I made it so far and I pity the poor reader who gives p before reaching it as I was so tempted to do myself This final chapter discusses theodicy and the nature of the psalms that makes them central to discussions of society and justice So far the best book I ve read on the Psalms from both an academic and devotional standpoint Folks essentially write two kinds of books on the Psalms Commentaries that tend to be lengthy and hard to digest or topical like this or Lewis s meditation hard to digest or topical like this or Lewis s meditation the Psalms But these topical approaches never Hands-On Functional Programming in Rust: Build modular and reactive applications with functional programming techniques in Rust 2018 uite manage to create a heuristic that is elegant instead they tend to be cumbersome or inadeuate Brueggemann s little book is supremely elegant Well worth the read Wonderful little book that discusses how the psalms are characterized by themes of orientation disorientation and new orientation as the cycle of spirituality and life overall as God intendedThe last chapter also makes a compelling argument of how the psalms also show the interaction the community and God as it facesestions of injustice which is also intricately bound with spiritualityA little sample from the concluding chapterWhen we pray these Psalms in community or in private we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses who count on our prayers Those witnesses include first of all the Israelites who cried out against Pharaoh and other oppressors But the cloud of witnesses includes all those who hope for justice and liberation This does not detract from the conviction that God is powerful Spirit It does not reduce the Psalms to political documents It rather insists that our spirituality must answer to the God who is present where the Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux - Third Edition: Explore the methods and tools of ethical hacking with Kali Linux uestions of justice and order transformation and euilibrium are paramount We dare not be positivists about our spirituality as though we live in a world in which all issues are settled The spirituality of the Psalms assumes that the world is called toestion in this conversation with God That permits and reuires that our conversation with God be vigorous candid and daring Walter Brueggemann Spirituality of the Psalms Minneapolis Fortress Press 2002 73 74 Brueggemann argues that people treat psalms one of two ways either they treat them devotionally and never critically analyze the genre structure etc or they do treat them academically but never allow them to affect them spiritually His goal in this book is to do both by providing a new paradigm to see the psalmsGunkel showed the world that the psalms fall into specific forms or genres Mowinckel showed the centrality of the psalms in the cult Westermann sidestepping Mowinckel pdated Gunkel s genres Brueggemann takes all of these perspectives and combines them with a dash of liberation theology He argues that there are three movements in the spirituality of the psalms orientation disorientation reorientation The various genres of psalms correspond with these movements For example both creation psalms and Torah psalms see God in heaven and the whole world in perfect harmony That makes them psalms of orientation Individual and communal laments however see something fundamentally wrong in the cosmos These fall into the disorientation movementBrueggemann concludes the book with a chapter arguing how a spirituality of the psalms expects demands justice from GodThis is a powerful little book Brueggemann seems to have written this for intelligent lay people He doesn t provide footnotes or endnotes but doesn t shy away from academic vernacular or concepts I m not 100% sold on his paradigm but he doesn t either but I do think it is a helpful paradigm for viewing the psalms and suffering in general Balanced view of the role of the Psalms in scripture taking into consideration the three phases of life Ie orientation disorientation and reorientation The book also considers the spirituality of God s JusticeComes highly recommended. 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Spirituality of the Psalms FacetsThree stars because the scheme of orientation disorientation new orientation is A Helpful Paradigm For Thinking helpful paradigm for thinking the types of experiences contained in the Psalms Only three stars types of experiences contained in the Psalms Only three stars I disagree fundamentally with the critical scholarship on which most of the author s work is built Interesting Insightful Practical Spirituality of the Psalms is not an in depth devotional commentary such as Spurgeon s Treasury of David or the work of Alexander Maclaren nor is it strictly speaking an overarching exegetical work whether that work be brief eg Kidner or extensive eg Allen Broyles Perowne or Wilson Instead Brueggemann helps the reader nderstand that a major move of the Psalms is the move from an ordered reliable life to an existence that somehow has run amok and how the psalmist re orients toward God in the face of it This theme of Orientation Disorientation Re Orientation is the subject of his bookIf you want to Bonsái understand the Psalms so your own walk with God purchase Spirituality of the Psalms This is a book to be read and studied The author provides multiple examples of psalms of orientation disorientation and re orientation He also offers additional Scriptural support outside the Psalms Additionally Brueggemann will help you avoid the tendency to treat the Psalms merely as a guide to a privatized spirituality As he points out in Chapter 5 Spirituality and God s Justice the psalms highlight theodicy God s goodness and justice in an evil world That justice operates in community and communion therefore reflections on theodicy always spill over into the public dimensions of life Chapter 5Brueggemann provides the insightful analysis of a scholar For example in discussing the hidden gap between verses in a psalm when the writer goes from plea to praise he takess to a deeper discussion among scholars including that of Joachim Begrich The deliverance oracle is a promise on God s part to be present with to help and to intervene on behalf of the petitioner The recurring feature of such a speech is the sovereign fear not of Yahweh And that speech so goes the hypothesis resolves the desperate situation and permits the speaker to begin life anew in confidence and gratitude It is argued that the fear not represents the primal communication that touches the deepest fears and angers and opens the most profound possibilities when it is spoken by one who has consent from A Want of Kindness us to change our worldI appreciate Brueggemann s work for many reasons but perhaps most notably for takings to the place most don t want to go the place of disorientation when our world doesn t make sense and God seems silent Brueggemann writesWe have spent a major portion of our time and space on that reality in the Psalms because that is the part of the Psalter that has been most neglected italics mine in church se In the present religious situation it may be the part of the Psalter that is most helpful because we live in a society of denial and cover p and these psalms provide a way for healing candorBruegemmann reminds JAPAN 1/1M3. us that in the Psalms as in life we can never go home again God works in thenpleasant situations of our lives to take Hechizos de amor us to new heights and depths that we might know of Him wherever we areI gave this book five stars because Brueggemann brought to a light a key insight that impacts my reading of all the Psalms Orientation Disorientation New Orientation He helped me appreciate the spirituality of the psalms for my walk with God and my walk with God in community Finally his treatment of theodicy and community was very helpful ExcellentThis is a must read on the subject of the Psalms and theodicy The Psalms provide movement fors and the author values alongside the Psalms the times of suffering within this the artful process of life Spirituality of the Psalms by Walter BrueggemannInsightful perspective of these ancient poems and The Parisian Prowler useful for empowering groups and teams to be reflective and embrace transformationPSALMS THE RHYTHM OF LIFE AS ORIENTATION DISORIENTATION REORIENTATIONThe basic movement in everyone s life is Firstly the move into the pit when our world collapses arounds Secondly the move out of the pit into a welcome placeWalter Brueggemann suggests that our life consists of moving with God in terms of being securely oriented in which everything makes sense in our lives being painfully disoriented in which we feel we have sunk into the pit and being surprisingly reoriented in which we realize that God has lifted Cross My Heart and Hope to Die us out of the pit and we are in a new place full of gratitude and awareness about our lives and our GodBrueggemann says that the Psalms offer a framework for engaging GodFirst Movement Orientation Songs of Creation God s gifts Ps 8 33 104 145 Songs of Torah God s purposes Ps 1 15 19 24 119 Songs of Wisdom God s certainty Ps 14 37 Songs of Well Being God s goodness Ps 131 133Second Movement Disorientation Songs of Personal Complaint Ps 13 35 86 Songs of Communal Complaint Ps 74 79 137Third Movement Re Orientation Personal Thanksgivings God s rescue Ps 30 34 40 138 Communal Thanksgivings God s salvation Ps 65 66 124 129 Kingly psalms God s leadership Ps 29 47 93 97 98 99 114 Hymns of prais. Using a model of orientation disorientation new orientation Brueggemann explores how the genres of th.