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Curious Psalms

Curious Psalms

By Curious Psalms
A podcast where we practice reading and praying the Psalms, the prayerbook of God’s people. Featuring our friends at Granite Springs Church.
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Psalm 47 with Kyu Hahn
For one of his last conversations on Curious Psalms, Reverend Kyu Hahn returns to talk about the deeply joyful Psalm 47. Matt and Kyu discuss the ways joy combats a culture of content, how this psalm can be a model for our prayer and even how we may get glimpses of the meaning of Jesus’s ascension here.
21:29
September 22, 2021
Psalm 46 with Amy Langle
Amy Langle returns for an honest and vulnerable conversation about Psalm 46. Matt and Amy discuss the Psalm’s call to “be still”, the comfort in God having an ultimate plan and serving as our refuge, and Amy shares a moment of personal revelation.
21:37
September 15, 2021
Psalm 45 with Libby Backfish
For Psalm 45, we had to have Dr. Libby Backfish join the podcast as Matt and Libby explore a unique wedding psalm, an unusual reference to God and a reminder of the fact that any human greatness comes from God. Plus they discuss how this can inspire us to pray for our leaders and be mindful of God in the midst of celebration.
21:12
September 8, 2021
Psalm 44 with Olivia Giles
Olivia Giles joins the podcast to discuss Psalm 44, a corporate lament Psalm. The conversation explores the inscrutable ways of God, how that can actually help us pray and how, even in the hardships and challenges of our experience with God, we can rest on his unfailing love. Plus, tune in for a meaningful mention of the LEGO movie!
22:59
September 1, 2021
Psalm 43 with Nathan Giles
Nathan Giles is back for a conversation about Psalm 43. In this partner Psalm to Psalm 42, we talk about its particular movements, how it helps us explore and pray what we are experiencing as well as its invitation into a robust receptivity to God. We also take some time to explore an interesting phrase in v.1, “plead my cause” and what it means for God to both plead on our behalf and to be the judge. Enjoy this wide-ranging conversation!
23:13
August 25, 2021
Psalm 42 with Kyu Hahn
In this conversation on Psalm 42, Reverend Kyu Hahn is back on the podcast to talk about this fascinating Psalm that models a kind of spiritual self-talk. Together, we talk about the Psalm’s rhetorical questions, God’s presence in the midst of silence and how remembering and questioning can be welcome and helpful parts of praying. Plus, as a bonus, listen to Sandra McCracken’s “My Help, My God” here.
23:01
August 18, 2021
Psalm 41 with Aaron Antoon
For this episode on Psalm 41, Aaron Antoon returns to discuss the ways our questions about God lead us into further exploration, how a single line from the Psalms can form a meaningful prayer, some of the particularly rich turns of phrase the Psalmist uses and much more. We hope you enjoy this conversation!
22:06
August 11, 2021
Psalm 40 with Heath Langle
For this episode on Psalm 40, Heath Langle joins the podcast. He shares what Psalm 40 means to him personally as we talk about its overflowing gratitude, humility and joy and how it reminds us of God’s care for both our past and our future. And that's just a taste - this conversation is full of thinking about the arc of the Bible, the universal and specific nature of poetry and the Psalms and more. And, as promised, here’s a link to a video of a live performance of “40” by U2. 
23:59
August 4, 2021
Psalm 39 with Joan Curry
Joan Curry is our guest to discuss Psalm 39. We talk about the ways this Psalm invites us to be honest with God while recognizing our own limitations, as well as the reality that an encounter with God can be overwhelming. Joan also helpfully walks us through the movements of the Psalm and its invitation into humility.
17:45
July 28, 2021
Psalm 38 with Hannah Dungan
Hannah Dungan joined the podcast to talk about Psalm 38, one of the penitential psalms. We explored together what it means for God to be fair, what it means that he will answer and the role that confession plays in our life. Plus, Hannah brings a bonus question as we discuss suffering in light of this psalm.
23:51
July 21, 2021
Psalm 37 with Kyu Hahn
Reverend Kyu Hahn joins the podcast for a conversation about Psalm 37 and there’s lots to talk about! Together, we explore the complexities of doing good, our responsibility and God’s responsibility when it comes to justice and the transforming way the perspective of this psalm can impact our lives. Plus, we talk about laughing in prayer!
23:09
July 14, 2021
Psalm 37: A Reading
Enjoy this special episode where we invite you to pray along with Psalm 37.  Special thanks to Gerry Adams, Grant Sork, Amy Langle and Kyu Hahn for reading the Psalm. The background music is "Shine" by Onycs.
12:12
July 7, 2021
Psalm 36 with Grant Sork
Grant Sork returns to the podcast to discuss Psalm 36. We talk about the ways it contrasts the actions of the wicked with God's faithful love, some possible ways to think about the enigmatic reference to light in verse nine, and how the Psalm might help us pray beyond ourselves. 
22:29
July 1, 2021
Psalm 35 with Dolly Leedy
On this episode, Matt is joined by Dolly Leedy to talk Psalm 35, the way it speaks uniquely to an experience of betrayal, and reminds us that God is the one who contends for us.
23:16
June 23, 2021
Psalm 34 with Kevin Adams
Reverend Dr. Kevin Adams returns to talk about the beautiful acrostic Psalm 34 and its invitation into a life of gratitude and praise.
21:16
June 16, 2021
Psalm 33 with Luke Adams
Luke Adams joins the podcast to talk about Psalm 33, its powerful reminders of our dependence on God and his care, and how God is like a little kid in creation.
22:54
June 9, 2021
Psalm 32 with Kyu Hahn
Kyu Hahn joins Curious Psalms for a conversation about Psalm 32. In this episode, we explore the deep grace of God and how this psalm can help us be honest about ourselves with God.
19:55
May 26, 2021
Psalm 31 with Libby Backfish
Libby Backfish returns for her "reserved" conversation about Psalm 31 as we reflect on how this Psalm points us to God's protection and help us pray in the midst of God's goodness and our troubles.
20:13
May 19, 2021
Psalm 30 with Aaron Antoon
Aaron Antoon joins the podcast again to talk about Psalm 30, how we process its "bargaining" verse, and how it helps us pray more honestly and uncensored.
23:06
May 12, 2021
Psalm 29 with Nathan Giles
Nathan Giles joins the podcast to help us listen to Psalm 29 and balance the judgment of the voice of the Lord with what it means for the Spirit to be at work in our own life. Enjoy this conversation!
21:10
May 5, 2021
Psalm 28 with Rachel Timms
Rachel Timms returns to the podcast to talk Psalm 28, David's confidence, what that means for our own prayers and how we pray in light of the kingdom of God.
19:47
April 28, 2021
Psalm 27 with Amy Langle
Amy Langle joins the podcast again to explore Psalm 27, the way it expresses confidence in God and how it invites us into waiting.
20:29
April 21, 2021
Psalm 26 with Madi Trivits
Madi Trivits returns to the podcast to talk about Psalm 26, wrestling with its language and how it can help us pray alongside others facing injustice.
22:19
April 14, 2021
Psalm 25 with Kyu Hahn
Kyu Hahn returns for a discussion of Psalm 25, how it highlights our great neediness and how it helps us bring our neediness to a good and forgiving God.
23:39
April 7, 2021
Psalm 24 with Olivia Giles
Olivia Giles joins the podcast for the first time as we discuss Psalm 24, the vastness of God and how different perspectives can help us pray the Psalms more deeply.
20:30
March 31, 2021
Psalm 23 with Kevin Adams
The Reverend Dr. Kevin Adams joins us for a conversation about the beloved Psalm 23 and how it is both uniquely accessible, widely known and never cliche.
23:38
March 24, 2021
Psalm 22 with Libby Backfish
Dr. Libby Backfish returns to talk about Psalm 22 and how Jesus takes up these words and helps us lament.
21:44
March 17, 2021
Psalm 21 with Kyle Trivits
In this episode, Kyle Trivits joins the podcast to talk about Psalm 21, the ways its description of the king points us beyond the Psalm and the challenges of praying the psalmist's words.
23:37
March 10, 2021
Psalm 20 with Aaron Antoon
Aaron Antoon returns to the podcast to consider Psalm 20, what victory means for us, and how this psalm of blessing calls us to pray for others.
21:19
March 3, 2021
Psalm 19 with Madi Trivits
Madi Trivits joins Curious Psalms again to look at Psalm 19 and how it helps us encounter God's Creation and Law with joy and freedom.
23:21
February 24, 2021
Psalm 18 with Kevin Adams
Dr. Kevin Adams returns to Curious Psalms to explore Psalm 18 and the propulsive way it helps us praise God, our Covenant King.
20:02
February 17, 2021
Psalm 18: A Reading
In this episode, you're invited to pray along with Psalm 18. Look for the next episode for a conversation about this Psalm. Thanks to Kevin Adams, Madi Trivits and Amy Langle for their reading and to Scott Buckley for the use of his song...
15:51
February 10, 2021
Psalm 17 with Marrissa Sork
Marrissa Sork joins the podcast for a conversation about Psalm 17 and the ways it reminds us we can bring our trials to the God who protects us.
17:37
February 3, 2021
Psalm 16 with Kyu Hahn
Rev. Kyu Hahn returns to explore the ways Psalm 16 points us to God's care of our entire selves and helps us pray in good times.
20:45
January 27, 2021
Psalm 15 with Rachel Timms
Rachel Timms joins the podcast to reflect on Psalm 15 and its invitation to reflect on our own lives, and how we might dwell with God and one another.
17:39
January 20, 2021
Psalm 14 with Luke Adams
Luke Adams comes on the podcast to talk Psalm 14, this end-of-the-rope Psalm that gives us space to express our deepest emotions to God.
22:51
January 13, 2021
Psalm 13 with Libby Backfish
Libby Backfish joins the podcast again to reflect on Psalm 13 and the way it helps us hold both joy and sorrow together.
19:33
January 6, 2021
Psalm 12 with Madi Trivits
Madi Trivits returns to explore the ways Psalm 12 calls us to listen to God and have our imaginations formed by the Psalms.
21:35
December 30, 2020
Psalm 11 with Grant Sork
Grant Sork joins the podcast to talk about God's love for justice as seen in Psalm 11.
19:56
December 23, 2020
Psalm 10 with Kyu Hahn
Pastor Kyu Hahn returns to explore Psalm 10 and the way this Psalm helps us pray in the midst of a complex world.
22:54
December 16, 2020
Psalm 9 with Bethany Kamstra
Bethany Kamstra joins the podcast to discuss Psalm 9 and its expression of God's deep care and love for the oppressed and afflicted.
23:03
December 9, 2020
Psalm 8 with Aaron Antoon
Aaron Antoon returns to explore Psalm 8, this beautifully concise invitation to perspective about who God is and who we are.
19:25
December 2, 2020
Psalm 7 with Kevin Adams
Dr. Kevin Adams returns to talk about Psalm 7 and its invitation to us to rely on God the King who reigns with justice.
23:53
November 25, 2020
Psalm 6 with Amy Langle
Amy Langle joins the podcast to reflect on Psalm 6 as it helps us honestly ask God for his mercy.
19:31
November 18, 2020
Psalm 5 with Madi Trivits
Madi Trivits joins the podcast to reflect on Psalm 5 and its desperate cry for God's help.
21:45
November 11, 2020
Psalm 4 with Kyu Hahn
Pastor Kyu Hahn joins the podcast to discuss Psalm 4, a psalm that invites us to pray with hope and honesty.
22:23
November 4, 2020
Psalm 3 with Libby Backfish
Dr. Libby Backfish joins the podcast to discuss Psalm 3, which meets us in the midst of our missed expectations.
22:20
October 28, 2020
Psalm 2 with Aaron Antoon
Aaron Antoon joins the podcast to talk about Psalm 2, this Psalm that calls us both to awe at God's power and humble submission to his authority.
18:26
October 21, 2020
Psalm 1 with Kevin Adams
Kevin Adams joins the podcast to talk about Psalm 1, the gate that helps us enter the prayerbook of God's people.
16:10
October 14, 2020