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Foundations For Our Future (Special 5)

Foundations for Our Future (Special #5)

by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler

Sometimes Christians sing an old gospel hymn: “Leaning On the Everlasting Arms.” It is filled with this truth, that God is trustworthy and always true.

I want to share a secret with all of you that I have learned from my walk over these last fifty-three years. The Psalms of David can take you through the most difficult of times. You can lean on the Psalms when you are troubled, afraid, lonely, confused, or just hungering for God to speak.

The clergy of the church are expected to pray the Psalms daily, and in the old days were to do that in a rhythm that saw a priest go through all one hundred fifty of them each month. Twelve times a year we were to pray them. That was eased in the 1970s to all of them every seven weeks, but it is still a lot of Psalms!

What I want you to know is this: I am constantly helped by reading the Psalms slowly and prayerfully. I think I have underlined or written in the margin more in the Psalms than almost any other book of the bible. I frequently date the notes, so whenever I come to them again I am reminded of earlier times God has comforted me, or corrected me, or guided me.

Can I suggest to you that you begin to read at least a Psalm or two a day? Reading one in the morning and one at night will take you through them in two and a half months. God will speak to you.