Monday, June 25, 2012

Sometimes a Mystery

… but very real. How are you coming with reading your Psalm a day? I’m on Psalm 55 today. We are a little over a third of the way through the Psalms, by the way.

I don’t get all of Scripture. God packed it tight in one book! And the Psalms are sometimes difficult to understand. Like, is David talking about a real enemy, or an enemy of God? Does he really want God to bring down his enemies? How can David pray such a thing- shouldn’t David pray that all his enemies would really turn to the Lord?

I don’t know.

But David was a real man. He really did start out as a humble, smelly shepherd boy; the youngest, the smallest of the family. He really did grow up fighting lions and giants. He really did sing songs and play a harp to soothe a king that would eventually turn on him. He really did have a best friend. He really did have an affair and kill a man. His son really did die. He really was real.

And throughout the majority of his life, he really did know and love God. Yes, God inspired the words that poured from David’s pen but David wasn’t just the translator- He lived a life in communion with God. (Yes, he did totally mess up, too. Read Psalm 51.) These are just as much David’s heart as God’s heart.

I find them very real. Sometimes a mystery, but very real.

Ask God to help you to understand clearly when you read them. You won’t get it all. That’s not the point. The point is to commune, to quiet yourself before the Lord. Perhaps that part of the mystery of the Psalms. You can’t just plow through and check it off. They are meant to lead you to intimacy with Christ.

Just encouragement for the day. 



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