Why I Hate the Book of Psalms

OK… Hate is a strong word. Dislike is even a bit far fetched. I guess I can say that I would rather spend my time unpacking (did you like that Josh?) other books of the Bible vs reading the poetry that exists in the book of Psalms.

I’ve been bogged down recently in my Bible reading, which now that I think about it is probably why I’ve been in the personal rut that I have been in. I feel like I have been stuck on Psalms for too long. It just kills my momentum. I was flying through the Old Testament and then I hit the wall. Today it occurred to me why I have such a problem reading through it.

I get the fact that this is a collection of songs, prayers and poetry. Today I realized it is my collection of songs, prayers and poetry. Even though David (and others) wrote this collection, it really reflects all creation crying out to the Creator. It contains cries of despair, “Get on your knees” Confession, “Melt your face” Praise. You’ve got highs and lows. War and peace. Sin, forgiveness and grace.

Sounds a lot like my life. The reason that it is taking me so long to get through it, is because I’m really chewing on it. I am experiencing it.

So… It isn’t that I hate the book of Psalms. It is just that I am reminded that I need to slow down and locate myself within it.

Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (119:105)

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3 thoughts on “Why I Hate the Book of Psalms

  1. I honestly have hated Psalms most of my life. Except for a few I just couldn’t get much out of them. But I have been using a fixed hour prayer book for the past couple months and in context of guided prayer it really has changed my perspective on the Psalms. I am not a poetry guy. I have never gotten poetry. But I have started understanding Psalms more lately. (I have been working through The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime by Phyllis Tickle.)