I find Facebook interesting. At this time of the year, people post their vacation, Up North and family photos. This year more than any other, I have found that communication has become more varied and interesting. Yet one of the more interesting facts is that buying books by all age groups is still popular but some of the ‘e-books’ such as the Nook are going out of production.
What is it about printed books? Or in another sense, what is it about writing with both hand and pen? I am no psychologist but I think it is simple more relaxing. Like many, I text, do Facebook, I am afraid I ignore Twitter, I am overwhelmed by email, but opening the page of a book or writing a hand-written note suddenly takes me in a different direction.
So what about ’The Book’ – Holy Scripture? Well, as a theologian, I read it to prepare sermons. As a Teaching Elder, I prepare Bible Studies. I analyze, debate, drill down, evaluate – all of that stuff, but more recently, I have added a new dimension. The old reformed practice was to let scripture interpret scripture, and yes, I have an active devotional life, but I have now discovered something new. Just dwell on the Word. Let the story of scripture mature. Linger on a phrase, linger on a word, and by the grace of God, something hits home.
I began this journey with the Psalms. Let me give you an example in Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts. My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
Try this approach and, by God’s grace, see what happens.