Reading the Psalms

This past weekend, we had a workshop at my church on different ways to read the Bible and how to lead a Bible study, and one of the handouts was a reading plan for the Psalms, taken from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.

The Psalms were both the prayer book and hymnal of Judaism and for the Church up until relatively recently. They are words from people to God, and words to people about God. They help us to worship honestly – in both the good times, and those times when we feel like God has abandoned us (Jesus Himself prayed from Psalm 22:1 on the cross).

Reading the Psalms daily is a great way to keep ourselves in the presence of God throughout the whole day, and as I’ve been doing it over the last month I’ve noticed how my mind wanders back to God in thankfulness or prayer or just offering up my heart in love to Him throughout the day.

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This chart looks complicated, but it’s actually not really. You look at the top and find which month we’re in, which determines which column to read from. Then, it’s as simple as finding the day of the month along the left-hand side of the column. There’s both morning and evening readings, they’re pretty short, and it’s perfect for keeping in a Bible at your bedside table (I printed mine at 75%, cropped the blank paper and title off, and it fits nicely inside my Bible). The nice thing about this reading chart is I don’t worry about it if I missed a reading, I just pick up with the current one and I know it’ll eventually come around again as I keep it up.

Give it a try for a month or two, and I convinced you’ll find it a life-transforming experience.

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