Today we finished up Psalms in our reading and headed into Proverbs. The Psalms are very difficult for me to read through so quickly. The Psalms are hymns, poetry; and reading them through in large chunks just doesn't seem right. But, I do read through them when we hit this section in reading through the Bible in 90 days.
I'm always impressed by the honesty we find in the Psalms. Yes, many of them are filled with praise and thanksgiving to God. In fact, so many of our wonderful praise and worship songs come from the Psalms. But, not all of them are happy and positive. Many are so filled with anguish and questioning. Why do the wicked prosper? Why have You forsaken me, God? Why do the wicked pursue me? It is encouraging to me to know that God desires fellowship with me. And, I don't have to pretend to be positive. I can be honest with God. I can express pain and frustration at the way things are. And that's okay. I know quite a few friends through blogging and in real life that are going through some major things now. And God knows what they're going through. When we talk to Him about it, we can be honest. And then we can remember to praise Him in the end.
I love Proverbs. It is another book that may be difficult in large chunks. I recommend a more in depth study of it later if you've never done that. When I was a senior in high school, we had the infamous "Proverbs Project." We were required to go through the book and categorize every verse. We wrote out every verse and put it in the proper category. At the end, we typed it all up in a nice, neat notebook. I still have mine. At the time, it seemed such a tedious chore. I can realize now how much we really learned, not only about the book of Proverbs, but also about in depth Bible study. I definitely recommend something like that for deeper study.
And so we finish up Psalms and head into Proverbs as we officially pass the mid point of our 90 day reading. We are halfway through the Bible in our 90 day journey. May God bless your daily reading!