Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book Spotlight: Psalms Alive!




In response to God's prompt, "I want you to bring the Psalms alive," David Kitz wrote, psalms alive! connecting heaven and earth

Kitz has written a fabulous book which brings many verses in the book of Psalms to life.

It's a book which captivates the emotions felt at the time the Psalms were first recorded, as well as the emotions experienced by us today. Kitz shows the reader how these verses apply to life today and how we can honour God with these scriptures. 

Kitz is a retired teacher, an ordained minister, an author, a story teller and a gifted drama presenter. His performances have brought many scriptures alive to audiences in Canada and the United States.

Each day I read through a chapter of this engaging book. Kitz relays personal information, historical background and scripture from the Psalms. He has a way of connecting with the reader and holding the reader's interest. 

One chapter became my favourite, Chapter Nineteen. 

It is titled The God Who Stooped Down. This is a delightful, laughable, memorable and a permanently, bookmarked chapter in my book. 

Here is an excerpt from Chapter Nineteen, The God Who Stooped Down.

"....Who is like the LORD our God , the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? 

You might have a picture of yourself like this. You know the kind. It is less than flattering. It provides a great view of your backside as you are bent over...

I know what to do with photos like that. I toss them in the garbage. Erase them from the hard drive....

Who wants to embarrass himself or herself and then keep the evidence for posterity? Apparently God does. 

Why would the exalted One, the enthroned One stoop down? How undignified. 

But our God stoops down. If the truth be told he does worse than that. 

The Lord doesn't just stoop down. He plays in the mud. 

I'm not sure how the LORD justifies His behaviour. From a perfectly logical point of view, it simply does not make sense. After all, I would hardly call the LORD's first experience with mud sculpture a glowing success. Sure, Adam looked handsome, enough and Eve was pretty sweet but that breath of life idea was a complete disaster.

And what thanks did God get for his efforts?  The dear little mud clods disobeyed Him.  ....But then, I suppose that's what you get for stooping down and playing in the mud." 


To learn more about this Canadian author and his books you can follow the links to his websites. 

 David Kitz

 I Love the Psalms