Psalm a Day Reading Plan
I feel like I could use a buff and polish today. Nothing seriously out of whack or dented, but I just don’t feel “sightly”. Ever felt that way?
Here’s one of my cures right now and I hope it proves helpful again today. I have no doubt that it will. It’s proven trustworthy for several weeks running now. Reading a Psalm a day. So…
Someone asked me the other day why I chose to read Psalms. The very same day, another friend emailed to say she’d taken it up, and that it was “helping”.
When I first made the plan, I had intentions of sharing the things I’m learning, but most days, they really seem too precious to voice. Ever been there?
So, back to why I chose Psalms? I find myself needing to fall in love head over heels with my Jesus this year. Psalms seems a good place to start to remember how he feels about me and how I need to feel about him.
I compared it to those times those of us who are married recognize when we just feel like we need a date…or two, or three. The relationship has become trustworthy and familiar and valued…but, my friend said, “a bit stale”. I don’t know if I feel “stale” in particular…life and his friendship to me is very exiciting. Very adventuresome…always something to conquer together. Perhaps that’s the thing. It’s so much adventure and conquering that I’m a bit weepy and tired. Just like that feeling I get as a mom. I may love my husband very deeply and value all his does, but I just have the need again to know him, and know myself, and know his great love for me, apart from all the hoopla, responsibility, and daily grind. Not that any of it is any less worthy or desireable.
I really can’t tell you how much it’s ministering to my heart of hearts just to stay caught up with a Psalm a day. Sometimes I get ahead or behind, but it’s easy to keep up with and catch up when I “get hungry again”…sometimes I just need to “soak” in one for several days without moving on to someelse and “burying it”.
As a rule, on the first day of the month, I read Chapter 1…all the way up to the 30, then I start again, adding 30 to find my place. On the months with 31 days, I’ll read a third of 119 until I’m finished with it (it’s quite a long one).
If I want more (say a morning and evening devotion), I’ve decided to read a Proverb as a rule. There are 31 of those, so it’s also easy to keep up with.
Any extra reading or study I do is awesome, but that will keep me in the word when I just get maxed out “studying”. I found that my “breaks” this year from studying left me not doing anything…and I need to stay in the word to stay grounded…we all do.
I got the idea from this post where several people serious about staying discipled as Bible readers commented on it. At the time, I was looking for something for the new year. In the past, I have gotten so far behind “reading the Bible in a year” that I decided to chew of something manageable that I could easily add other study to. Almost a “devotional”, but not based on outside writers or writings, just the Bible…where I continue to hear from God himself. Jesus is the word of God!
It’s not that I don’t think I couldn’t handle something more arduous, it’s just that, I’ve found I enjoy disciplines more when I leave myself time to “surf” places I need to go if needs come up. Some studies and plans in the past, I enjoy, but they seem to tie me down too much to hear what God may be telling me to go tackle due to daily “stuff”. It’s some level of discipline, without overcommitment.
So, if you don’t have a plan to stay in the word yet, and have been intimidated by getting in the word in the past, consider joining me? Today I am scheduled to read Psalm 30 + 12, because today is the 12th (I already read Psalm 1-30 last month).
Next month, I’ll read the next “third” of the Psalms, found by taking 60 and adding the day of the month. In this way, I’ll get through the Psalms three times in one year, and all of Proverbs 12 times (but I don’t do two devotions a day every day…just when I’m very “hungry”). It satisfies…even more than a Snickers candy bar. A friend gave me a small purple NT Bible I keep in my purse which has at least the Psalms in it also, if not Proverbs. Yesterday, I read while I waited to pick up my son from school. I found myself closing my eyes in a peaceful, thankful, zoned, rest when I got done. And by the time he got into the van, I was ready to ask him with a cheerful and focused attention about HIS day. I was full. I love that about the word of God. It satisfies. Even on the most chaotic, crazy, confusing of days…he calms me.
I thought of the verse from Psalms this morning, “my soul is like a weaned child within me”.
I think about it often. Such a powerful word picture. Not even sure I can articulate why it’s so packed with meaning for me. Psalms are full of such mind filling phrases to meditate on.
I am keeping index cards in my Bible to try to make notes for myself on what I learn about God and myself as I go through. If I get
bored need to stay focused in meetings, I’ll go through them and be “wow-ed” again. The word of God just has staying power like that.
Let me know if you are jumping on board. So, today, either start at Psalm 12, or 30 + 12.