The Psalms Reflect That "Life Is Bipolar"


"The Psalms capture, better than any other corpus of Scripture, the bipolar life of faith." ~ William Brown

Yesterday I had such a sweet time with my son and his wife and children—deep, soul-satisfying conversations after a wonderful church service.

Then I came home to an email that one of my dearest friends has cancer spread throughout her body.

Author William Brown says, “The Psalms capture, better than any other corpus of Scripture, the bipolar life of faith.”

In your quiet times in the next three days, connect with God. Look carefully at the song, the book, and the Scriptures. When you are ready, write down your thoughtful reflections on the first three questions—and then in a few days, go on to the rest of the questions. Take your time and ask God to help you to see.

Sing the first verse of “It is Well with My Soul” by heart and let it talk to your soul about trusting in sunshine and in storms. Begin memorizing the second verse.

  1. Read Psalm 18. How did God come to the rescue of the psalmist? What word pictures penetrate your heart?
  2. Share a time when God came to your rescue—when the sun came out and you wanted to dance and sing!
  3. Now read Psalm 88. How does this Psalm end? This is where some of you are right now. The sun has not come out—and you wonder how you are going to make it. What word pictures penetrate your heart from Psalm 88?
  4. Can you think of a time when Jesus might have felt like this?
  5. What do you think about talking to God as the psalmist did in this psalm?
  6. When we honestly express fear or despair to the Lord, is He angry? Base your answer on what you see in Scripture. What guidelines do you see for speaking to the Lord in Scripture? Think about what made Jesus angry repeatedly in the New Testament. (This is a challenging question, so cry out to a holy God for wisdom.)

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