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Do Not Give Up on Reading the Bible

Oftentimes, when we read the Bible, it may seem dull, boring, or doesn’t relate to our situation or circumstances. We sometimes feel like the characters in the Bible live interesting perfect lives without any snags. But that is far from the truth; Bible characters were no different than you or me today. While living in Minneapolis, years ago my mother gave me a four-volume book set titled ‘Psalms, the Treasury of David.’ It was classic literature written by Chares Spurgeon where he describes the Psalms as a treasury chest full of riches and describes the God-centered life verses the self-centered life.

Psalms is one of my favorite books because in it, David expressed so many of his emotions - the good, the bad, and the ugly - of what was happening in his life. He held back nothing about failures, poor choices, successes, his sex life, and everything in between. What I love about this Book is that it lets today’s reader see that the devil’s tricks are not new. Reading the Psalms helps us put a voice to our current frame of mind and to express our reactions in our circumstances.

It’s okay sometimes to go up and sometimes down, but never stay on the roll- coaster of life. In the words of my husband, Pastor Nate, “If you’re going through hell do not stop. There is light at the end of the tunnel.” Think of Psalms as journaling from different authors. For example, David journaled seventy-three of the Psalms. Solomon, Moses, the choir master in Jerusalem, and others journaled as well. In some of David’s journaling you will see him in a terrible situation, but he always put his trust in Yahweh. “I have put my life in your hands. You will not drop me; you will never let me down” (Psalm 31:5 Message Bible).

Let’s pray: Dear Lord, we go through so much in this journey called life. Guide us, teach us, and encourage us as we read Your Word and lean on Your everlasting love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.