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Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S November 2021

REV JOHN K-S 05-2021Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston


The Book of Psalms in the middle of the Bible is a wonderful collection of hymns and songs. Although written mostly around 3000 years ago, these hymns and songs have always been at the heart of Christian worship and reflection. They include expressions of praise and thankfulness, joy and sorrow, grief and lament and every other human emotion
The longest of these Psalms is Psalm 119 containing 176 verses! Among these verses addressed to God, a writer called Erin has found fifteen reasons to read the Bible daily (from the website “Raise Your Sword”)
Reading the Bible:

  1. Revives Us. “I lie in the dust; revive me by your word” (verse 25)

  2. Encourages Us. “I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word” (verse 28)

  3. Gives Life. “Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word” (verse 37)

  4. Renews Us. “I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness” (verse 40)

  5. Gives Hope. “Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope” (verse 49)

  6. Brings Comfort. “Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles” (verse 50)

  7. Brings Delight. “Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight” (verse 77)

  8. Sustains Us. “If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery” (verse 92)

  9. Guides Us. “Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide” (verse 98)

  10. Gives Understanding. “Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life.” (verse 104)

  11. Lights Our Path. “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (verse 105)

  12. Gives Light. “The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.” (verse 130)

  13. Builds Our Trust. “Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy” (verse 138)

  14. Gives Freedom. “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments” (verse 45)

  15. Gives Joy. “As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” (verse 14) 


also published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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