Complex Expressions (Psalms)

Currently, my mornings consist of reading through The Bible in ninety days. These daily readings are quite the feat, but none of the days have proved as tricky as spending so much time in the book of Psalms. Although I love these passages, each one finds its roots in separate thoughts and evokes a sense of wonder, repentance, shock, and awe at the relationship between God and man. Humans indeed are interesting, and the way we communicate is equally thrilling. Within Psalms 150 chapters, there are complex expressions of speech toward God, ranging from profound praise to often unspeakable depths of transcribed anger and doubt. These Psalmic words remind us of the beauty of honesty and transparency in our communion with God.

“Thought and speech are God’s gifts to creatures made in His image; these are intimately associated with Him and impossible apart from Him.” — A.W. Tozer.

Most educators teach that the primary function of language is only to report and describe what already exists. This idea lets us be precise and unambiguous in our writing and promotes the value of speech, but this is not the only language in the Psalms. In the Psalms, the use of language does not only describe what is. It evokes into being what does not exist until it has been spoken.¹

In The Psalms, we learn that David (et al.) isn’t calling into reality abstract or foreign ideas; he is reaching into heaven and the presence of God and bringing heavens truths down to earth. This heavenly truth wasn’t always accomplished with lyrics featuring sunshine and roses yet also through the transparency of confession and admitted failure. The words of Psalms remind us that God inhabits the speech of liberation; this language is dangerous and revolutionary, for its very use constitutes a threat to the way things have been. Ultimately permitting joy to break through and shape the formless and empty places in our lives with the truth of who God is and what He has done with bold anticipation about what may be as we discern what has been.

If you are currently reading the Psalms and wrestling with the honesty printed in these pages; let me remind you of the words from 2 Timothy 3:16–17 (New Living Translation),

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is applicable to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

The Psalms teach us that there is redemption through honesty. There is value in confession. There is strength when we refuse to withhold our emotions from our creator. Your mind doesn’t have to always be at war. For there is joy in surrender, and there is quiet in the love of God.

One of my favorite things to do while I read is drink some coffee and find a song to place me in a place of reflection. If you too like music, may I suggest you listen to the song: Quiet Me With Your Love (by Arthur Alligood)

… and as you do remember, Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. — Psalm 105:4 (New International Version)




Husband to Amy | Dad to Ariah, Shalom, and Noa | Lover of coffee | Worship Leader, Studio Vocalist, and former member of CCM group, Avalon.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium


What Happened After I Had Cancer

Justice with Jesus

Story time •1•: Bible edition.

The Social Gospel Devo, Day 1: Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Doctrine of the Trinity

How Your Spirit Guides Can Help You Start Your Spiritual Business with Alicia Power

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Jeremi Richardson

Jeremi Richardson

Husband to Amy | Dad to Ariah, Shalom, and Noa | Lover of coffee | Worship Leader, Studio Vocalist, and former member of CCM group, Avalon.

More from Medium

Regardless of Our Choices.

Para 🎲🎲 Lost: File #9

Fandom and Community: The Lesson from Station Eleven