If you’re like me, you’ve always thought the psalms are rather boring. And there are 150 of them, there is no way you’re going to read them. With a great deal of determination, though, you can learn a lot of them. I’m learning that they can help you trust God.
Reading the psalms means hearing the same things over and over, said with eloquence and confidence. Psalm 1 tells of the way God blesses those who commit to him. Psalm 2 speaks of his victory over his enemies (and the enemies of his chosen). Psalm 3 talks about his strength as protector, sustainer, and savior. Psalm 4 says to trust God because he hears the prayers of his people. He is good to them. He keeps them safe. Psalm 5 expresses trust in God’s goodness and the security that all who follow him enjoy.
After 20 chapters of that, you actually start believing that God is good, strong, and on your side (not that *ahem* you didn’t believe that before). And those words do not nearly express it. Here’s a brief sample:
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield. – Psalm 5:11, 12
Scared yet? I am. I don’t know what I’ll be thinking after reading all 150 chapters. I might start writing poetry about how the breath of the Lord brings thunder and stuff. We’ll see.