That's exactly what He's been doing with me and the Book of Psalms. Even though many of my favorite scriptures reside there, it's almost as though I've never read it.
May I share some new observations with you? This first one is a biggie. The psalmists seem to have figured out the steps to answered prayer. Let's take a look.
Acknowledge God's sovereignty: The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18: 2 RSV
Admit our frailty: The cords of death encompassed me, the torrents of perdition assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me, the snares of death confronted me. Psalm 18: 4-5 RSV
Ask for God's help: In my distress I called upon the Lord;to my God I cried for help. Psalm 18: 6a RSV
Trust God to act: I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies....From his temple he heard my voice,and my cry to him reached his ears.
Psalm 18: 3,6b RSV
Over and over in Psalms, David uses this same strategy, and look what he did. David may not have been Mr. Perfect, but he knew the steps that would take him to the throne of our Creator. (If we take a closer look, we may see that the same steps are included in the prayer Jesus gave His disciples as recorded in Matthew's gospel, 6:8-13.)
For the next several weeks, I'll be sharing my reflections on the kinds of psalms we find in the Book of Psalms. I hope you'll join me as we dig a little deeper into some of the ways the Lord uses it to minister to us.