The Book Tim Keller’s Read Every Month for 20 Years

Matt Smethurst | November 25, 2015

Tim Keller made a resolution. He would read through the Book of Psalms—all 150 chapters—each month. That was 20 years ago. 

In their new 365-day devotional, The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms (Viking, 2015) [excerpt], Keller and his wife, Kathy, walk us through each verse in the Book of Psalms over the course of 365 days. With scriptural reflections and sample prayers on every page, this is a profoundly helpful resource for any believer. (And it’s not a bad Christmas gift, either.)

“The other Scriptures speak to us,” observed Athanasius (AD 296–373), “but the Psalms speak for us.” For 3,000 years the Psalter has been the prayer book and songbook of God’s people. It was also the prayer book and songbook of God’s Son. Our Savior quoted from the Psalms more than any other biblical book—even while breathing his last (Matt. 27:46; Luke 23:46).

I asked Keller why The Songs of Jesus is his “most personal and intimate” book, what to do with imprecatory prayers, how the psalms have shaped him, and more.

In what sense is The Songs of Jesus (in Kathy’s words) “the most personal and intimate of all Tim’s books”? 

For each of the 365 portions of the Psalter, Kathy and I wrote a reflection—based on a diligent study of the passage—that shows how God…

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