The Psalms Are Like a Box of Chocolates

Some of you will remember the movie called Forest Gump, and one of the famous quotes from Forest is: “Mama always said: ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.’”
I was listening to someone reflect on this quote in the context of the Book of Psalms, and it was ‘the Psalms are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get’.

And if you have read through the Psalms before, you would know that this is true. You don’t know if you are going to get a Psalm of wisdom, a royal Psalm, a Psalm of lament, an imprecatory Psalm, a Psalm of thanksgiving, a pilgrimage Psalm or an enthronement Psalm.

And I think that there is beauty in that. Yes, there can be helpfulness in knowing or finding the right Psalm for the right occasion, but there is also some sort of beauty in just diving in, not knowing what you are going to get.

And I think there is merit to having a sort of ‘table of contents’ as to where to go when you are looking for a particular piece of scripture for the situation that you find yourself in, but there is also merit in allowing God to speak to you in whatever Psalm you flick your bible open to.

It is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. But there are a few things that you know you will get. You will get God’s Holy Spirit moving in you and through you as you read His Word and you will allow God to speak to you in ways that maybe are surprising or unexpected or convicting or instructing or informative or grace-filled.

So this week, I want to encourage you to open that box of chocolates, whether a paper copy or a digital copy of the Psalms and allow God to speak to you through the beauty of the words he has for you.

In His Service,

Pastor Ben

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