Each year in February we take five days out of watching and listening to secular media. This means turning off the TV, radio, computer games, and all social media. Instead, we replace the time with Bible reading, prayer and other Christian literature or podcasts.
There is also plenty opportunity to spend time with other church members. Meet at breakfast, lunch or dinner to chat, read and pray together. In 2023, our Media Fast Bible readings will focus on Psalms 120-150.Download bookmark
Introduction to Psalms 120-134
The songs of ascent (Psalm 120-134) are songs for the road. When God’s people were travelling to Jerusalem for a festival, they would sing these songs as they travelled. They are songs full of longing, expectation and hope. However, they also recognise the difficulty of life on the road – the people are not yet home. As followers of Jesus, we are also on a journey to the New Jerusalem, we go through difficulties and battle our sins as we travel, but our faces are fixed on the future. Soon we will be home, with Jesus, forever.
Pick a few questions to discuss: How does this psalm describe life as a Christian in this world? What difficulties are mentioned? What promises can we cling to? How does this psalm point us to Jesus?
Introduction to Psalms 135-150
The final collection of Psalms (135-150) contain a mixture of laments and songs of celebration. The whole of creation and all of God’s global people are summoned to praise the Lord. He has performed mighty works in creation and in redemption. He has defeated all of his enemies. And his anointed King, Jesus Christ, will reign forever and ever. The sadness, sorrows and struggles of life in this world are still a reality in these Psalms, but they will give way to jubilant praise!
Pick a few questions to discuss: What aspect of the Lord’s nature or work is celebrated here? How is that fulfilled in Jesus? If the Psalm is a lament, what sorrows are being poured out? How does this help us pray?
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Download a PDF of recommended Christian media for kids to enjoy during the media fast.
For Everyone: We also have a set playlist available on Spotify for our 2023 Media Fast based on Psalms 120-150.
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