As part of my attempt to learn to read with my guts, I’ve been spending some time every day with Psalm 23. My plan is to stick with it for the rest of the week.
It’s a good test, starting with such a well-known piece of the Bible. Trying to read it fresh is not easy.
I’ve been sitting in front of the text as if it were a painting. I’ve been making observations. I’ve been asking questions, though there may be more questions than answers. I’ve written a paraphrase and I’ve looked for the central gist of the poem.
I have been and will be considering the emotional content the poem is carrying, even reenacting. Ultimately, I’ll be looking at what the poem “means”, but not in the way that I usually try to interpret meaning.
I will admit, this is difficult for me. I think next week I will move on the Ecclesiastes and extend this methodology for a whole document. It may be the death of me, but it is also fun and useful.