January 5, 2021 Daniel Harrison

How To Overcome Scripture Fatigue

Have you heard a passage of Scripture so many times it seems to have lost its power? This is scripture fatigue. It’s when a passage is overheard and under-experienced for too long.

An example could be, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” 1

If you’ve heard this a hundred times over the years and haven’t applied it much, you will be fatigued by it.

This is important to overcome, because no single verse in scripture has lost its power. For, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2

Here’s a quick tip for overcoming Scripture fatigue.

Read like it’s your first time

The first step to overcome scripture fatigue is to read every word as if it’s your first time. Consequently, when you develop a daily Bible-reading routine, you can discipline yourself to do this everyday.

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I will give you one example from my Bible reading today in Psalm 28.

Sitting there in my den, with my cup of coffee (an essential element in my spiritual formation), I read slowly and carefully through the passage.

There were a few of those fatigue verses, where I was tempted to subconsciously muse over, “yeah, yeah, I know, ‘the Lord is my strength; let’s get to the good stuff.'”

But I stopped to really consider the meaning and implications of the text.

One verse was Psalm 28:7:

“The Lord is my strength and shield. In him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” 3

Let me show you how I worked through this verse today. I hope you will see how simple, yet powerful Bible-reading is designed to be.

Four things came to mind as I meaningfully interacted with this text.

1. “My strength”

King David wrote this passage.

This is telling because David was “a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence.” 4 As a man of war, no doubt David was strong. Yet, even he leaned into God for strength.

David’s posture is our great example.

He begins the chapter by saying, “To you, my Lord, I call.” And then “do not forsake me to the world…” If King David needed God’s strength, then we certainly do.

It must be noted, David was only strong to begin with because, “the presence of the Lord was with him.” 5

2. “My shield”

Strength is inward power, but a shield is outward protection.

Not only does God provide us with spiritual stamina to face the world, he is an extra source of protection. The imagery of a strong David in battle with a protective shield is a reality I want in my spiritual life.

With the presence of evil forces around, a shield is necessary for spiritual vitality.

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3 “In him”

We live in a time of great fear and anxiety.

This is mainly because worldly pleasures have become bigger to us than God. Instead of trusting “in him,” we trust “in them,” and they do not help us.

But, when we learn to lean into God, he helps us. David said, “In him,” my heart trusts, “and I am helped.”

4 “And I am helped”

What a great finish.

As I was reciting this verse today, I would emphasize the word “and,” like this: “The Lord is my strength and shield, in him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” 6

Not only is God our strength and shield, but as we trust in him, he helps us. This is the outcome of trusting in God—we find the help we need.

Try it today.

Slow down in your Bible reading.

Interact with every word carefully, prayerfully, and practically. Ask God to reveal its meaning and application.

You will find a renewed strength and desire for his word.

Comment below: What are some tips you have found helpful for Bible reading? 

 

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