Reading The End First

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Blog, Home Is Where The Story Starts |


A not so well-known fact about this author is that I read the end of books first. Well, at least after the first or second chapter. When I begin to connect with the characters I start worrying that it won’t turn out well for them. So I just have to read the end to make sure they are still all alive.


I am a happily ever after reader.  If an author betrays my trust by killing off a main character, or leaving things unfinished I am unlikely to read more books by that author. I don’t trust them anymore.


So, when my Bible reading took me to Psalm 77 it left me a little unsettled. The passage reminded me of America today. In verses 7-9 the following questions are posed.

Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?

                         Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?

                        Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

The Psalmist was in agony over this question, “Has God written us off?”


Since I’ve often wondered this about America, I read on in hopes of finding good news.


Here’s what I found. In verses 10-20 we see what our responses should be. The Psalmist says in verse 10,


This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.


This sets the stage for the rest of the chapter. The Psalmist, in the midst of uncertainty over God’s blessing on his world would remember the goodness and past blessing of the Lord.


Then it ends. Yep, that’s right. Read it for yourself.


The Psalmist never answers the question posed in verses seven to nine. It just ends.




My husband likes to tease that he is going to remove the last chapter from my next new book and hide it until I’ve read the rest of the book. I like to tell him that I’m pretty sure he is too smart to do that. If he really did that I would probably have to find the book elsewhere to read the end, or find somebody who knows the end of the story. I might even do a web search for a synopsis of the plot and read the end there. I would find a way!


But, in this case there is a difference.  The author of this Psalm is ultimately God. He inspired the Psalmist. So, in this situation I need to relax, remember who God is, follow the leader, and trust the author. But, then maybe that’s exactly what the Psalmist was saying in the last verse of the chapter.


Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalm 77:20


I can follow the Good Shepherd with confidence, no matter the outcome. And THAT, my friends is a satisfactory ending!


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