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The Devotional Use of Psalms

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Saint Matthew Lutheran Church

315 Clinton St. S

Almena, WI 54805

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In the Early Church and much of the history of the church Christians practiced meditation by singing or saying the psalms and reflecting on them in the light of their experience of life. Psalm 1, which introduces the whole Psalter, shows us that the psalms were produced by daily meditation on God’s Word. They, in turn, were used to teach God’s people to meditate on God’s word christologically and effectively in all circumstances but most of all in trouble. Psalm 2, a prophetic royal psalm, shows us that they help us to take refuge in God’s Son, for we speak the psalms of David together with Jesus. Since they were inspired by the Holy Spirit, they inspire us with the Holy Spirit. This course will consider how to use the psalms as a handbook for meditation in reflection and petitionary prayer, self-instruction and confession, thanksgiving and praise.

Dr. John Kleinig

Dr. Kleinig is an Old Testament theologian with a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and honorary doctorates from Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, and Concordia University, Irvine. He has taught courses on the Bible as a whole, on the book of Psalms as well as the wisdom books, on Old Testament theology and on worship in the Old Testament. He also pioneered the teaching of spirituality to pastoral students at Luther Seminary, Adelaide, Australia.

As a teacher of theology, he is interested in integrating all the classical theological disciplines pastorally and practically. The focus of his research and writing has been on the theology of worship and on the practice of Lutheran spirituality.

His doctoral dissertation was on the function and significance of singing psalms at the temple in Jerusalem as described in 1 and 2 Chronicles. In his commentaries on Leviticus and Hebrews, he explores how the people of God share in His holiness through their participation in the Divine Service. While he introduces Christians to the gift of prayer in a congregational study called Prayer: We Speak to God, in order to encourage them to pray with boldness and confidence together with Christ, he investigates the nature and practice of Lutheran piety in Grace Upon Grace: Spirituality for Today (Concordia, St Louis, 2008). Much of what he has published can be accessed at: www.johnkleinig.com.

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  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible. Augsburg Fortress: Minneapolis, 1974.
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