This short documentary is a gem. Fuller Studio teamed up with Fourth Line Films to present this conversation between Eugene Peterson and Bono about the Psalms. David Taylor asks questions and guides things along. The result is nothing short of fantastic.
In 2011, Molly and I saw U2 in Saint Louis during the U2360° Tour. It was memorable.
I'm really glad to share the documentary above. Eugene Peterson has helped me, and so many others, imaginatively enter the story of the Bible, and to experience the words found there afresh. He has done so through his paraphrase translation, The Message. And the Psalms are such a treasure, meant to be internalized and turned to prayer. They provide a vocabularly for conversation with God, and tie us to those who have gone before us and experienced the same exuberant joys and deep sorrows of life.
The Psalms, rightly read and faithfully redirected in prayer, engender in us texture and depth and realism, or density. They help us to embrace the magnificence of this world, of creation, and of God, and invite us to worship. But they also help us to face the violence, hurt, confusion, and felt injustice, and to cry out to God. The Psalms invite us in to the fullness of life as it is experienced before God, and sharpen our perception of the ways in which God is working, or, at the very least, our confidence therein.
Watch this film. Revist the Psalms. See how they have shaped two profound voices of our time, both poets.