The Body of Poetry and Psalms


Did you know that it’s likely that speaking kind words to plants makes them grower faster? Can you imagine what speaking kind words to people will do? The Psalms cover a variety of human experiences, including blessing. Sometimes we throw this word around. Some Christians will say they’re “too blessed to be stressed.” What does it mean to be blessed? Are some blessed and not others? Blessing is less about results, riches, or success and more about the way that we live our lives. Our blessing may not be calculated or visible to passers-by, but our blessing is in following God’s way.



The Body of Poetry and Psalms

by Ben Brown

At Youth Ministry Conversations, we believe you know your group best. This means our resources look a little different than what you may have experienced in the past. We try and create a “buffet” of material so you can choose and pick what works best for your group. You will find ideas, instructions, and possibilities in this packet all related to the theme of “The Body of Poetry and Psalms.” How you use them, and how you structure your study is up to you. We hope you enjoy this resource and return in the future to check out other materials.

This Study: 
From Shakespeare to pop music, poetry is all around us. The words, rhythms, and tunes of poetry and music help us give meaning to the many reactions and feelings of the teenage experience. The book of Psalms is a musical anthology of the emotions, songs, and hymns of David and other writers.  In this study, students will engage with the psalmists’ emotions and feelings, and youth will have opportunities to engage with their own joys, fears, anxieties, and blessings.

Lessons Included:

Psalm 1: Blessing Page 4
Psalm 61: Anxiety Page 8
Psalms 27 & 46: Fear Page 12
Psalm 145: Praise Page 17
Psalm 51: Newness Page 20
Psalm 22: Anger Page 24
Psalm 23: Comfort Page 28
Psalms 88 & 137: Grief Page 31

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The Body of Poetry and Psalms is written by Ben Brown

Rev. Ben Brown is the Minister of Students at Second Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. Ben is a native of Virginia and has degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR). He is married to Courtney, and they enjoy running, hiking, laughing, and spending time with family and friends. Ben is obsessed with VCU basketball and dreams of their return run to the Final Four.


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