I have been tweeting the psalms for well over two years now. The idea is a simple one: I pray a psalm a day as a basic daily devotional activity. I have set it as the bare minimum of my daily engagement with Scripture. Most days it is a foundation to other reading and reflection. Posting a tweet provides a focus to the devotional reading and Twitter can be an aid to ongoing reflection on the ‘psalm of the day’.
Sometimes others join the psalmtweeting and this can be a great encouragement. Currently active psalmtweeters include:
The remarkable thing is seeing how different people psalmtweet. Over time I find I too, do it different ways. Here are just some of the options:
1. Tweeting a verse which captures the whole psalm.
2. Rephrasing a key verse to restate it differently, perhaps poetically.
3. Tweeting a verse that holds special significance; with or without a personal comment.
4. Tweeting a refrain which can be taken as a prayer with you for the day.
5. Creating a tweet that captures the whole psalm. Either as a proposition or better still, in my view given the genre, in poetic form.
6. Making a prayer for others; perhaps obvious world events for example.
Some of the above are visible to the reader, others are understood only by the author.
Why not give it a go and join @TermsofHeart @gwpm @mlaporte74 @OtisRobertson @TerryThePeoples and me – @PsalterMark – on what with God’s grace will be a transformative spiritual discipline. Below are twenty of my recent psalmtweets, which I hope illustrate the idea. One final point, please remember that psalmtweets are a dialogue with the Psalms not a replacement.
Individuals & nations all follow a path.
But what guides them on the journey?
Feeding on Yahweh makes a path into The Way.
Yahweh plays in 10,000 places;
Let the King of Glory in this Sunday.
Yahweh, why do so many hate your people? Why?
We look to you for justice and for shalom.
Hallelujah for the Psalter,
our A-Z of the highways to Zion.
Father, we praise you that righteousness proceeds your Son;
That we might follow his steps on The Way.
Frail and beleaguered, you, Yahweh, are my comfort.
At journey’s end I see the nations gathered in your name.
Zion permeates the Psalter:
We can pray to Yahweh in despair when we have nothing left other than the knowledge of his existence.
The sad story of a failed throne becomes a lens of joy through which we see David Redux, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord we will worship you with gladness this day as we gather like so many before us.
The Psalter is a concept album;
But Western society has forgotten not only what the Psalms are but has no time to ‘listen’ to a whole album.
Dwelling & shelter.
A shade to abide under.
A fortress of refuge.
A shield from terror.
Yahweh our protector.
Gardener, I praise You.
Pruner, I proclaim Your deeds.
I photosynthesise Your Light.
I am rooted in Your word.
From eternity you have defined kingship.
Your decrees are everlasting.
The oceans reverently echo your might.
They band themselves together against the life of the righteous
And condemn the innocent to death.
Yahweh is the king who shaped mountains and seas.
If we do not harden our hearts he will shape our little lives too.
O Yahweh as we praise you today may we turn an old song or psalm into a New Song as you quicken our hearts & minds.
El Elyon, Lord most high, we look to you in your majesty and splendour.
May our worship this day honour you.
If seas will roar and mountains clap, how could we possibly refrain from singing a New Song?
We marvel at your revelation through pillar of cloud & holy statute.
Yahweh you surpass statues & awkward silence.
Lord you must laugh at the idea of self-made men and women.
Perhaps you weep?
Take our joy as trust; re-make us.
As I look back on these twenty psalmtweets I can see a snapshot of God’s grace in my life in late-August to early-September. I am sure that psalmtweeting is not for everyone but I hope some who read this post might try it or be inspired to do something fresh that will welcome the King of Glory in, with a fresh earnestness, on the journey to Zion.