“May the Lord be praised! Day after day He bears our burdens; God is our salvation. Selah” Psalms 68:19
What burdens do you carry today?
The weight of an aging parent?
A heavy heart, weeping over a wayward son?
The bills piling up?
The frustration of your own underwhelmed soul, faltering in your own faith?
The exhaustion of raising little ones?
The nagging worry of friend drama?
The guilt of a mistake?
The weariness of unmet health and fitness goals?
The too-blunt voicemail from the doctor?
The passive aggressive note from your boss?
The unknown of tomorrow?
It doesn’t matter what stage of life we live in, how minor our circumstances seem, or how crushing our burdens are… we all have somethingwe are going through.
Thankfully, God’s promise is for all who trust in Him: day after day he carries our burdens.
I don’t know about you, but I needed this reminder. That is why I am so grateful for reading plans. It’s the only reason I stumbled across this much-needed truth yesterday.
A few weeks ago, I was feeling stagnant in faith and (dare I admit it) bored with the Bible.
Then my friend mentioned a Psalms reading plan. A chance for some praise perspective. A needed script for doldrum day’s when Christ’s glory remains worthy of worship.
This friend recently rediscovered her need to praise the Lord, to connect with Jesus in the midst of a horrible family tragedy. Her burdens are heavy right now. So she reads and prays through Psalms.
Her courage to praise from her pain has shaken me out of my stagnation. Since we started reading together at the beginning of the month, it has definitely strengthened that faith muscle for both of us.
I hope it does the same for you.
How to Read Psalms in a Month:
Start with the corresponding chapter to the day of the month, then skip ahead 30 chapters until you have read 5 Psalms each day.
Example: On July 9 read chapters 9, 39, 69, 99, and 129.
At the end of the month, get creative to split Psalms 119 into a couple days. (The reading plan featured below is one way to do this.)
If you miss a day or 2 or 5, no sweat. Just pick up with the day of the month you are on. Chances are next month you will catch that missed day(s).
Keep the experience fresh by:
- Changing the version of Scripture you read each month.
- Adding a Proverb a day, or a chapter from the New Testament.
- Reading with a friend. Text each other the verse that stood out to you each day.
- Involving your family: have each member read one Psalm from their own age appropriate Bible.
- Writing your own Psalm or son of praise, confession, plea, or lament.
May your soul be refreshed and our great God be glorified in our rediscovery of praise.