Andrew W. Kearns
Andrew was born in the last 1950s and lived in Liverpool during the Beatlemania of the ‘60s. He spent the ‘70s in London studying at school and university before moving to York for a second degree. Since then work has taken Andrew to Sheffield, Birmingham and Essex and he moved back to London in the early 2010’s. He has 2 children in their late 20s and early 30s and he still works as a contract project manager.
Why reimagine the psalms?
The psalms are the most intimate expression we have in the Bible of individuals’ relationships with the Lord. It is so easy to read the Bible searching for truth about God or for the knowledge that he wants to impart to us. Exploring the psalms, in my case by reimagining them, gives us an opportunity to understand more about the Lord himself. The psalms also give us permission to express our true feelings to the Lord – to be real with him. The psalms are really cries from the heart – hence the name.
What is your favourite verse from the psalms?
I love Psalm 27 v4: “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” (NIV) I find this verse beautiful but a challenge – David is talking about living in the Lord’s presence today not at some future date.
What have you learned by reimagining the psalms?
Two things have stayed with me the most. Firstly, many of the psalms are written during challenging times in the writer’s life and some of them do not even end on a positive note. So often we try to dress up our faith to be a happy and positive experience but this is not biblical and it is not real. Secondly, God is a God of justice and the writers believe this with a passion. God is on the side of the abused and the oppressed and he will judge those who perpetrate these things. In these times when the world is living with what it means to accept diversity, it feels as though we have much to learn about God’s love for those who are poor, abused and oppressed.