Need a Spiritual Discipline for Lent? Psalms and Dante…

//Need a Spiritual Discipline for Lent? Psalms and Dante…

As I mentioned in my sermon of yesterday, at both the 10am and 12:30 Worship in a New Key services, I want to encourage the congregation in its reading of a too often neglected book of our Bible, the Psalms. This, as I begin a new sermon series entitled “Psalms in the Key of Life.” (And yes – thanks Stevie Wonder for the inspiration!)

Here are some suggestions for studying and reading the Psalms during Lent. And at the end – a mention of our Dante Blog for any interested.

Study the Psalms. Let’s keep it simple here. Here are a few suggestions to get started – the first will take you about ten minutes:

  • Here’s a brief, but very good, article to get you started, with some links for further study if you wish to: The Significance of the Psalms, by Bob Deffinbaugh. See links at the bottom for further study.
  • If you want to purchase an excellent primer on the Psalms, and learn more about each genre, here’s an excellent book, and one I’ll be citing throughout the sermon series: Out of the Depths, by Bernard Anderson.
  • If you’re a guy, you might want to consider joining our Men’s Bible Study. We’re still only about 1/4 through our study.

Read the Psalms. Most importantly, I urge you to read the Psalms, every day if you can. Here’s a site I can’t recommend enough. It provides a systematic plan for reading the Psalms in 30 days. It will also enable you to make Bible reading a daily or regular part of your spiritual discipline, by accompanying your reading with journaling and reflection:

  • is the website. You will sign in and create a simple account to keep track of your reading. See the plans specifically geared toward reading the Psalms. You will be surprised at how reading the psalms systematically will enhance not only your understanding of Psalms, but your understanding of scripture in general. Not to mention how they will be a means to connect your prayer in a more intimate way with the ancient prayers of our spiritual ancestors.

Finally…Dante! There are some who have also adopted, along with several of us, the reading of Dante as a Lenten spiritual discipline. If you wish to – please read along with us at as we blog through the third part of Dante’s Divine Comedy – Paradiso.

Love to hear from you!

Jeff V.

2018-04-14T11:44:21+00:00February 27th, 2012|Pastor's Blog|


  1. Cheryl McDonald March 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    HI Jeff,

    Your sermon rang true this past Sunday…the one about anger and the analogy that you used about the parking space situation. I was in a similar situation although I was the one who got the space while the lady in the BMW honked incessantly at me while I walked to the doors of the store.

    The outcome was a bit different. She took it upon herself to key scratch every door and the front of my car. Should I have been angry? Yes….and I was but more disappointed that someone could do that. However, maybe because I knew car insurance would cover all but $250 ( and the damage was $2100!) I didn’t throw a fit. Maybe that’s my way of leaving it in God’s hands. Sure it cost me $250 but I was thankful that she took her anger out on the car and not me physically. There is always a silver lining to that cloud!


    • jeffvamos March 19, 2012 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Sorry for the late reply to this. I can SO relate to what you experienced – it is downright dangerous at times when we come into contact with stressed-out folks who might want to express their unresolved anger on you. Sounds like you took the high road. To do otherwise I think invites so much trouble, and potentially even violence. I don’t know what it is about human beings and cars – but so often they are a volatile mix wherein people so often exercise the baser aspects of our instincts.

      It has been interesting to hear so many people offer feedback to me after that sermon about similar experiences.

      Thanks again for your comment, Cheryl.


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