How many times do I come to the Psalms or any scripture for that matter and try to read myself or my situation into it? This is how I was taught to read my bible. I was told at a very young age to open my bible, pick a passage and after reading it ask myself these questions. I don’t remember exactly what the questions were but they were all centered around ME.
As I have gotten older and am learning more about the Bible and God I realize I have been “studying” the Bible wrong for most of my life. You see, the Bible ultimately isn’t about me. It isn’t about you. Its about a HOLY God who wants you to know about HIM.
Used to I would have read this Psalm in a time of distress and thought about how bad my problems are and how hard my life is and it would be therapeutic in some ways because well at least I know someone else could relate to me, right? But reading it today I see something much different. I see that David is not primarily concerned with the pain or the problems and getting sympathy for them but that he knows the character of the LORD. Yes, he is stating he has problems so that we can understand where his heart is but when I really look at it and remove myself from the passage I begin to see a different picture.
David was relying fully on God.
He knew GOD’s character is one of justice and mercy and faithfulness. He didn’t deny his pain or declare it in Jesus name to be gone. He didn’t take authority into his own hands and demand his situation to change. He didn’t say “What can I do to get you to change this for me”? No. David cried out to the LORD and said “Forgive me! Help me! Please hear my cry and rescue me!” His hope was not in himself or what he could do because I believe David had one thing figured out. I believe David knew there was nothing he could do. Davids hope was in Him and only Him.
I’m trying to read my bible in a way that focuses on GOD and not on me. We are transformed by the Word because by the Word He has given us knowledge of Him. When we know the character of God we can know what pleases Him. Being a selfish person it is so easy for me to open my bible and start looking for myself. I don’t want to find me! I want to find Christ so that the person I am can be molded into the image of Him. Why on earth would I want to find more of ME when I could find more of HIM?