This week you will read a few passages from the Psalms and Proverbs. While these books are a great treasure within God’s word, they require an adjustment in your thinking when we you read them.
The Psalms are primarily poems many of which were written to be sung. In order to get your mind around this necessary shift consider how simply speaking/reading your favorite love song, fight song or even “happy birthday” instead of singing it changes the impact of the meaning that is conveyed. Much of the meaning of a song is conveyed by the emotion of the melody. Nonetheless, the Psalms given us “God approved words” to give expression to our emotions and can therefore be a great blessing to our faith and prayers in particular.
The Proverbs are statements of general wisdom from a father (Solomon) to his son. As general statements of wisdom they are not meant to be understood as literal promises that will always come true. Instead, they describe general cause and effect relationships in our world.
With that in mind, consider Proverbs 3:1-2. How would you support this statement as generally true. (ie. those who are not gluttonous generally have better health) What exceptions have you seen to this statement of truth?
In addition to answering this question, I’d love to hear what some of your favorite Psalms are and why?