I lament biblical illiteracy as much as anyone, but I think surveys sometimes load the dice against scripture when illustrating the public's unfamiliarity with the Bible. A recent example was noted by the American Bible Society as it released The Freedom Bible in connection with the 9/ll anniversary.
When documentaries explore Christianity, they have little difficulty finding diverse manifestations of faith and practice. A global survey also reveals a surprising diversity when it comes to the content of the Bible.
Reflecting on the Benedictus gives us an opportunity to reflect on the place of memorization and repetition in our formation as people who read the Bible as if our lives depended on it. Ellen Davis calls reading the Bible as if our lives depended on it confessional reading. She does not mean reading the Bible in light of a denominational confession. She means reading the Bible as an "indispensible word."
In his love for the law, the psalmist is effusive and sensual; with a few word changes, verse 103 could be said to a lover.