As a Church-going child is taught to always start her day by 'Reading the Bible', today, I couldn't help but notice what lines I had highlighted over the past 18 years. Lines where I tried to put myself in the Author's/Psalmist's shoes.
(Context: so there are 66 books in the Bible I read, and Psalms is a book of songs/poems mostly written by King David either to praise God or cry his heart out praying for deliverance from his enemies! )
I had unknowingly compared my life's stressful situations to the narrator's day at the battlefield or deathbed, and then after my mind was sure that I was exactly in the same position myself, I then sought comfort in the fact that if the author was rescued from all his misery and troubles, so would I!
It is very similar to how when we watch movies, we try to see our lives through the eyes of the characters, and compare our reactions to similar scenarios in real life.
Are we all just living in a space of illusions and mis-interpreted stories? Is it time we write our own Psalms?
King David was fighting other kings for land, we fight technological addictions and fake relationships!
Now I understand not everyone can write books/Psalms and that one can learn a lot from reading a book by someone who has made the same choices in life, someone who has already faltered. Ah, well this quote bycomes to my mind:
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.”
This is the only way I can justify the habit of millions of Christians reading the same books/psalms every day.
This is the reason I guess, art exists in the world, we do things, make mistakes, and we share this with others, through plays, books, songs, movies, or Psalms. Homo Sapiens came this far by the transfer of knowledge. This will go on.