Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Get To Know the Author

In the last few months, I've gained some new readers to my blog and I want to make sure I welcome you!  I am so glad you have found your way over here and I want you to know that I pray for you every morning!  I pray that God speaks to your heart and He reveals to you what you need to know each day.  Some of you have been following this blog for a while and you probably have gotten used to my "voice" and may have even gotten to the point where you recognize some of my idiosyncrasies.  Knowing that, thank you for sticking with me as I ramble and probably don't make sense at times.  But the advantage you have is that I have also given you little snippets of my life, so you have kind of gotten to know me and that has helped you to have a better understanding of the applications I make.  And then there are those of you who know me personally and still choose to read my blog (which truly humbles me, by the way).  You have the greatest advantage because you fully know and understand some of the things I share about myself (and often witness those events) and it gives you a more intimate understanding of the point I am making.

Right now, I want to take the time to let some of you get to know me a little better!  I am a women in my early 40's and I have three children (two boys and a girl).  My two sons are in high school and my daughter is in middle school.  Personally, I think my kiddos are awesome and after going on our trip to Zambia as a family God has developed a huge respect for them in my heart.  My husband is the Children's Pastor at my church and I am the ministry assistant for the Community Life and Family Ministry departments.  Family Ministry is pretty self explanatory and Community Life is the department that oversees what we call Community Groups (small groups).  Up until eight months ago, I also worked in the Outreach Ministry.  I have a huge passion for both outreach and community groups and my love for family often intersects with both.  I used to be a music therapist and I left my career when my youngest was born, but the cool thing is that God continues to use those skills I developed as a music therapist in ministry.  My husband and I have been married for 20 years and I am absolutely crazy about him!  Okay, that is enough rambling about me for now!

We will never get to know the writers of the book of Psalms on a personal and intimate level because they are no longer here; however, for many of the writers we can look in the Old Testament to learn their stories.  In fact, in some cases, we are given very intimate details and even understand what the person was thinking and feeling.  Just like the more you get to know me, the more you will understand where I am coming from; I believe that the more we get to know the authors of Psalms the more we will understand what the author was saying.  So, here is a list of the authors of the book of Psalms and the number of Psalms they wrote:

David - 73
Asaph - 12
Sons of Korah - 9
Solomon - 2
Heman (with the sons of Korah) - 1
Ethan - 1
Moses - 1
Anonymous - 51

Over the next two days, I want to just take a look at some of these authors so we can better understand where they are coming from when we read their psalms.

One thing we can know for sure is that God knows us best of all.  No matter how well we understand each other, no one knows us the way God does.  "O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me."  Psalm 139:1 (NLT)  He knows everything about us and still loves us!  That is amazing.

Since God knows you so well, how much time have you spent getting to know Him?

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