Psalm 23, The Song Of A Passionate Heart, by David Roper
Psalm 23 can be Thought-Provoking
Have questions about Psalm 23 given you pause for thought in quiet moments during a church service, or perhaps at a funeral? In reading or hearing it read, have you sensed that there was more to it than you understood at the time?
Letting the Psalm help you learn to live confidently is a great gift to yourself and it will enable you to help others. Permit The Song of a Passionate Heart to give you insight into the enlivening theme of Psalm 23.
Questions on Psalm 23:
What are your questions about this passage?
• Who is Psalm 23 primarily about?
• What is its relevance to my life?
• Is there a message for me in this day and time from this Psalm?
• How should I respond to its truths?
• When does it apply to my future?
• Where can I find trustworthy information about this precious Psalm?
• Is it possible for me to understand the figurative language of Psalm 23?
David Roper's the Song of a Passionate Heart Will Help You Answer The Questions
Needing some extra quiet time today, I took another look at a very little book by David Roper. With good reason Psalm 23, The Song of a Passionate Heart is a best seller worth rereading when the realities of life crowd in a little too closely.
The book is small for several reasons. Roper is an excellent writer. He writes with succinct clarity, and I’m sure he prayed for help as he endeavored to lay out the concepts from Psalm 23 for our benefit. Word by word he draws us an encouraging picture of what we've been given in this Psalm.
Many authors of books like this one will tell you that their work developed out of a personal study of Scripture on a specific topic and that as they shared their insights with other friends the desire for a way to share the information with yet more people sort of caught fire. A book was then born out of the impetus.
This small book has different roots, though, and they are the kind that resound in most everyone’s hearts and minds at one time or another. It comes from the deep waters of life experience that take a person through dark days and long nights.
Roper does not pour out his heart telling every detail of his experience in a cathartic manner. That can be interesting, but not usually very helpful to others when it comes to true spiritual matters. We have an individual God.
As the author joyfully puts it, “My melancholy wasn’t wasted.” Because he clung to the truths of God’s Word during his experiences he learned much during the stark, sterile valley days that the Lord brought him through.
He uses the validating methods of letting Scripture explain Scripture throughout the chapters as well as examples from the writings of well-known authors who are revered for their diligent study, prayer, and work. He does not follow the trend of rooting his work in a man-centric presentation.
Psalm 23's Encouragement and Help
With subtitles in each chapter like That Elusive “One Thing" there are lines such as “We were born for His love and we cannot live without it" that are full of rich meaning for people who are inundated with all manner of social media.
The short journey through this book always ends with me knowing that I will need to revisit its path again. Psalm 23 by David Roper is designed to help us understand and apply the truths of Scripture to our individual situations so that we may rejoice in the Lord's work in even the tumultuous days of our lives.
The Song of a Passionate Heart will help us trust what God says and encourage us to be faithful because He is faithful no matter what we have been through or are going through. Even though its size could make it seem insignificant, if you have not yet read it you might like to make it a point to pick up a copy soon.
Wonderful Thoughts from Psalm 23!
Having now been refreshed for the Lord’s Day worship services tomorrow, I offer you a few excerpts as a little encouragement for your heart:
“Sheep don’t go looking for their shepherd. It’s the other way around: He’s out looking for them. Even if the sheep aren’t thinking about the shepherd, He pursues them...He cannot get us off of His mind.”
“And so it is: God calls us--seeking us to seek Him--and our hearts resonate with longing for Him”
Pardon Bought For Me, I Now Am Complete In Thee
“There’s no need to worry about texts that we don’t understand. Some meanings will escape us. Everything difficult indicates something more than our hearts can yet embrace...God can never be understood through the intellect.”
“But our hearts know...We don’t care who gets hurt as long as we get what we want...Eventually the consequences catch up to us and we have to face the facts, or, like David, we have to face someone who digs up the facts.”
“When people tell me that life is hard, I reply, ‘Of course it is.’ I find that answer more satisfying than anything else I can say...We’re inclined to fix on the valley and its pain, but God chooses to look forward and anticipate its effect...We learn to trust Him in the darkness; when all that is left is the sound of His voice and the knowledge that He is near...The dark days cause us to enter into a very special relationship with our Lord.”
“...our human hearts crave for a relationship deeper and more lasting than anything possible in this world. We were made for God’s love and without it we sink into loneliness.”