Inside the Psalms: YOU ARE RADIANT

By Sue Rinaldi

“Psalms is a songbook for all who worship God. The heart soars in praise, the voice lifts in prayer and the anguish of sin and the joy of salvation come together in Psalms to say thank you Lord.”

What an uplifting introduction from Malcom Corden as he launches into day one of his 'Psalm For The Day’ series, part of the first Spring Harvest Pop Up week.

For many of us, the book of Psalms is akin to an inspirational rescue boat, or a reflective mirror bearing the image of our own heart and soul, and more often than not, provides grateful validation for our own emotions and outbursts, both positive and negative! Where most of the Bible speaks to us, Psalms speaks for us, and to ride the psalmic rollercoaster of praise, lament, gratitude, confusion, pain and prayer is life itself. They are raw and courageous, one minute a symphony of hope and the next, a discordant supplication, but always a real and rallying heart-cry to the God of ultimate goodness and unfathomable grace.

As Malcom Corden unpacks the first 7 verses of Psalm 34 in ‘You Are Radiant’, he urges us to particularly focus upon verse 5.

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. Ps 34:5 (NLT)

To engage more fully with the magnitude of these words, consider the following questions and discussion starters. (You may find it helpful to first watch the episode on our YouTube channel, either on your own or with a small study group, and then tackle them.)

1. What does the word ‘Radiant’ conjure up for you? Find other words to describe this state of being.

2. Do you consider yourself to be radiant? If not, what has diminished your light?

3. The Psalmist says we will be radiant with joy. Can you identify other expressions or emotions that we may radiate as we look to the Lord?

4. Being radiant assumes the transmitting of light. Recall other verses from Scripture that mention light, read them out, focus on a few and reflect upon them.

Let’s end where we began. Malcolm Corden says Psalms is a songbook, so let’s briefly consider the worship songs our Churches sing. We have songs of praise, prayer and gratitude but do we have songs of pain, lament or disorientation? If Psalms teaches us one thing, it’s that there is NOTHING you can’t bring to God. May the songs of worship we sing and write be as all-encompassing of life as the book of Psalms itself. Watch the rest of Malcolm's 'Psalm for the day' series on the Spring Harvest YouTube channel.

Sue Rinaldi travels internationally as a worship leader and coordinator, singer-songwriter and speaker. A self-confessed info junkie, her interest in culture, music, technology and the future fuels her writing.

Malcolm Corden served 22 years as a musician in Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force before becoming a freelance Christian book salesman. In 1999 he was awarded Representative of the Year at the annual Christian bookseller’s convention. He went on to win the representative award twice more before retiring fully during the Autumn of 2019.

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