The Psalm for today was Psalm 86. I’ve been reading one Psalm each day since the beginning of the year as part of my morning quiet time practice.
Psalm 86 is a typical Psalm, attributed to David, in which David praises God, reminds God how devoted David is to God, then asks God to bring justice on the people who are trying to hurt him.
A verse right in the middle captured my attention. Verse 15 says,
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
It captured my attention for two reasons:
- The Rev. Dr. Rolf Jacobson, an OT professor at Luther Seminary, pastor, and friend, invited me to visit his course on the Psalms a few times this semester. He has invited a few different people to help his students learn how to study the Psalms visually. Knowing my work with A Cartoonist’s Guide to the Bible, and how I compulsively draw something for every sermon I preach, he asked me to join in the fun.
- The Bible Project is, hands down, the best example of visually exploring scripture. In all honesty, I am a hard core fan-boy of these guys. The Bible Project did a fantastic series on Exodus 34:6-7 called “The Character of God Series” in which they visually explore these verses.
“That’s nice, Steve,” you may be thinking, “but what does this have to do with Psalm 86?”
Aha! Glad you aksed.
Psalm 86:15 is a direct quote of Exodus 34:6. It is one of many places where this key verse is sprinkled throughout scripture.
When I read Psalm 86 today I was prompted to go back and watch the Bible Project video, and then thought, “I wonder if Rolf has shared this with his class?”
Then I thought, “This series is so good, I want to share it with my readers as well.”
So, here you go. I recommend this series as an amazing visualization on the Character of God and an excellent example of how to visually study scripture.
This makes my heart happy in ways that I can’t describe in words. You have to see it to believe it. 🙂
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