I have ventured into the world of self-publishing with a short guide, Delivered from All My Fears: Devotional Readings on Psalm 34. The eBook takes readers on a twenty-two day journey through Psalm 34, a powerful poem-song of fear, terror, and ultimately incredible rescue. Each day’s exercise involves reading the psalm in its entirety, meditating on one verse, and pondering questions for reflection and prayer. Many people will be familiar with verse 34.8a: “O taste and see that the LORD is good.” In my own time spent in Psalm 34, I discovered that proclamation contains much greater power when seen in the context of the whole psalm, which thanks God for deliverance when defeat seemed assured.
Along with the daily readings and reflections, Delivered from All My Fears also contains brief essays that explore the role of thanksgiving in the Psalms, explain the method of devotional reading I advocate and how it differs from other important ways of reading the Bible, and recount my story of learning to delight in God again, partly because of Psalm 34. An appendix at the end of the guide describes some of the textual, cultural, and historical details of the psalm, while maintaining a devotional posture toward the Scripture.
Delivered from All My Fears is available at Amazon.com for $1.99 on the Kindle format. A free preview is available on the product page. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still purchase and read the guide by downloading the free reader app that works on smart phones, tablets, PC’s, and Macs.