One Fifty [6]: Mercy in the Mess

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The Episode | One Fifty [6]:

Untutored, we tend to think that prayer is what good people do when they are doing their best. It is not. Inexperienced, we suppose that there must be an “insider” language that must be acquired before God takes us seriously in our prayer. There is not. Prayer is elemental, not advanced, language. It is the means by which our language becomes honest, true, and personal in response to God. It is the means by which we get everything in our lives out in the open before God.

- Eugene Peterson: Introduction to the Psalms

When we live with unlimited choices it’s easy to become fragmented and broken. But how should we respond when our internal fragmentation becomes sin. And should we even talk about sin anymore?

The Series | One Fifty

“We don’t have to please God in any other way than to be brutally honest; that is the root not only to a relationship with God but the root to a great song . . . or any work of art of merit.” — Bono

The Psalms are the prayer book and the song book of the Bible. This collection of ancient poetry, sometimes described as the "gut of the Bible", takes on an authentic journey of the human relationship with God - from the highest highs, to the darkest depths.

It is here, in these poems, songs and prayers that we are dragged into the reality of being human before God. The Psalms in their stark honesty guide us beyond just talking about God by showing us how to talk to God.

One Fifty | July 21 - September 1