For almost a year now I have, on a daily basis, Tweeted a psalm. In my personal devotions I have focused on that psalm for the day, which sometimes has led to other Tweets. The plan has been to work from psalm 1 to psalm 150. I have now done this twice. Some of the Tweets garner more interest than others from those on Twitter. Below I have gathered the top 14 from the last 150. My aim was to sum the most popular in one place, but additionally to pause and reflect on just what I have done in shortening a canonical psalm to a Tweet.
So here they are, along with some brief commentary on some of them.
The age to come, and the promise of a messiah at its heart, is a key lens through which to read the book of Psalms.
This Tweet picks up on my personal interest in Psalms 1 and 2 as a purposeful introduction to the Psalter.
Pray for those who can own these words.
Pray that we too will know such confidence in Yahweh during such days and nights.
Sometimes the words of a psalm simply don’t connect with our current situation and feelings. But, psalms of lament like this can help us pray for our brothers and sisters in trouble.
When life makes no sense the psalmist teaches us to plead with Yahweh:
“Do not forsake me my God;
do not be far from me.”
A collective complaint.
Communal lament was done in biblical Israel frequently.
It still has a place in the Church.
The large number of psalms that are laments is a helpful corrective to the false expectations about the ‘life of faith’. The modern church finds it difficult to use communal lament, but it’s a wonderful antidote to the problem of individualism and is a way of growing, and defining what it means to be, a community of God’s people.
Being still before Yahweh & knowing his lordship is more challenging than it sounds.
But in this way we find refuge & strength.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity; cleanse me from my sin.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew a right spirit in me.
Sometimes words from a psalm seem the best way to capture its essence and sense.
For the sake of the house of Yahweh, our God, let me seek your shalom, O Yerushalayim.
The Psalms of Ascent are very popular. The brevity and strong imagery makes a powerful and memorable impact.
Yahweh, how your servants look to you in need.
We lift our eyes to you.
Grant us grace.
Lord, grant us grace.
This Tweet captures the key imagery of the psalm and mimics the repetitive lilt so often found in the Psalms of Ascent.
The Lord has done great things for us.
For our tears will turn to laughter.
We are children of the dream.
This psalm resonates for me as a promise of blessing for my own church.
Entrust your church to Yahweh in prayer and deed.
For unless the Lord builds the house, we labour in vain.
The longer I journey on the ‘life of faith’ the clearer this becomes to me.
Yahweh is a God to be praised:
He is high above all.
A God who notices His creatures.
Knowing Him completes us.
An attempt to capture the message of the psalm. Caution is needed of course because in the short space of a Tweet we have to miss as much as we capture!
When we feel alone & oppressed we can cling to the truth that one day we will be surrounded by the righteous.
Yahweh is . . .
Oh and praiseworthy!
I think this captures what this psalm is about. In the space of one poem/song we have a doctrine on God.
Everything that has breath should praise Yahweh.
Inanimate creation should praise the Lord.
This will happen on His Day.
This psalm has been by far my most popular Tweet. I am not exactly sure why. It’s an attempt to be faithful to the psalm, but it puts a very deliberate interpretation on the psalm.
Tweeting the psalms is fun, faith building and helpful. However, it can only ever be a pointer back to these canonical songs, poems and prayers.