“The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.” – C.S. Lewis
Do we need another book of just the Psalms?
I though the same when I first heard about this. Yet, when I dug in , I found something more.
My eyes immediately went to the cover. It is simple, beautiful, and engaging. The size of this book is perfect to slide into a bag or to carry with you. Immediately, I was taken by the aesthetics of this edition.
The font is perfect for reading. The spacing and margins make note taking easy. The text being the New King James Version makes it very readable.
But What About the Spurgeon Part?
What makes this edition of the Psalms “Spurgeon” are the introductions for each Psalm. The introductions open up each Psalm to you to see core ideas and themes. I enjoyed these introductions as I approach the passages, and as I create my own notations.
These introductions are great insights from a famous pastor and theologian. What I am most appreciative of this edition, is the fact that only a short paragraph of Spurgeon’s thoughts start each Psalm. This isn’t a study Bible. Spurgeon’s words focus my eyes to look for themes and pay attention to wording. However, not having Spurgeon’s study notes for every word, verse, or passage allow me to digest the Psalm and write my own notes. Not only can I write my notes, but prayers, song lyrics, and poems.
Would I Recommend?
To be short, yes. I really like this edition of the Psalms. I have taken this edition hiking in order to read in nature. I love being able to write my own notes. The space to write and create is perfectly sized for whatever you want to write.
To have Scripture with me and have my time with God in nature with this edition is such a gateway in my relationship with God.
I was given this book for free to review this item for Bible Gateway as I am a part of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid.