Podcast #362: “Patiently Praising (feat. Lowell Pye)” by Fred Jerkins

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I’m Michelle Nezat and I hope to inspire you to discover and meditate on God’s Word through the songs you’re listening to on the radio.

As our trust in the Lord grows, our patience grows. We can rest in His timing because we can point to God’s faithfulness repeatedly in the accounts recorded in His Word. Not only that, but we have our own experiences we can point to in our own lives. Fred Jerkins’ song “Patiently Praising” not only points us to promises we can cling to in Scripture but serves as a challenge in our own lives to praise while we await a resolution to painful parts of our lives.

I didn’t have to look any further than specific references to Scripture right in the song to get inspired to dive into God’s Word. Join me!

In this episode, I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Read in context
    • Repetition
    • Write out Scripture by hand
    • Ask questions of the text
    • Utilize outside resources
    • Internalize Scripture (often known as memorization)
    • Consult various translations
    • Read with friends
  • The 30-Day Music Challenge – ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE HERE
  • Spending a good deal of time discovering what the Bible actually says before jumping to meaning and application
  • The lyric in the song that led me to Psalm 34:19
  • Internalizing God’s Word by committing it to memory
  • Keith Ferrin’s quote, “The goal isn’t to know the words. It’s the know the Word.” – “How To Enjoy Reading Your Bible” by Keith Ferrin
  • Studying Psalm 34 verse by verse
  • Reading the account in 1 Samuel 21:10-15 that the psalm declares was the inspiration for David’s words
  • Recognizing that the psalm was written as an acrostic, with each verse beginning with a subsequent letter of the Hebrew alphabet
  • Seeing the theme of affliction throughout the Psalm
  • Referring to our study of this psalm in Episode 358
  • Discovering potential answers to our questions of the text through commentaries at BibleHub.com

Isn’t it interesting that we learn to fear the Lord — we learn to revere and honor the God we serve — when the actions of our lives reflect the holiness of our God?

Check out the official audio of this week’s song below!

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Additional Resources

  • Article revealing the music project was around cancer awareness – Billboard.com
  • Lyrics
  • Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers on Psalm 34 at BibleHub.com

Weekly Challenge

Work through Psalm 34 on your own. As we saw on today’s podcast, this is an ideal psalm to commit to memory. If internalizing the entire psalm feels too intimidating, pick a few verses to read, reread, and repeat until you can write them out on your own, speak them out to others in common day conversation, and lift them back up in prayer to your heavenly Father. And here’s a teaser…there’s another direct Scripture reference in our song this week that could send you off to another section of Scripture in the New Testament to study.

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