The Light of the Psalms
Summary: This is a devotional on the Psalms. 150 psalms are covered in 150 days. The book is divided into 3 sections: God our Refuge, God our Redeemer, and God our Rejoicing making the devotional Trinitarian in approach. The author talks a lot about the historical context of these psalms and when the Israelites would sing them. The author also makes excellent application in each reading for present day life.
Personal Thoughts: First of all, I really love the Psalms. As a result, a devotional on the Psalms was immediately appealing to me. Secondly, I found this devotional extremely 'doable.' I would read the appropriate psalm bookmarked for the day, read the 2 page exposition of this psalm in this book and finish in prayer. In total, all of this took about 20-30 minutes. Third, most of the devotionals I found very enlightening, There were about a handful that I wasn't very impressed with, and out of that 1 or 2 where I found the content questionable. Overall, I would recommend this book to others.
Quote: "Our modern church is caught up with the idea that the Lord owes us all "personal peace and affluence." If that were the case we would not need faith and Christ's life would not be the pattern for all believers. Our struggles with sacrifice, service, suffering and stewardship ultimately result from a defective view of life. We are not here to "settle down" and get comfortable, but to travel with Christ through this dangerous life to the house of the Lord.
The danger then, as I have already said, is the sentimentalizing of the psalm, shaped by Sunday-school pictures, and, to the extent that the psalm defines our faith, a sentimentalizing of our faith. Let the reader of Psalm 23 beware!" --pg. 127, 128