A Summer in the Psalms

Posted: July 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

” O LORD, our Lord,  how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.  (Psalm 8:1 ESV)

Summer is a great time of blessing from the Lord (some would add: except for these heat waves).  I say that because the days are longer & warmer, vegetable and flower gardens are in full bloom,  it is the time of vacations, and holidays that are marked by 3-day weekends. While these things are gifts from the Lord often they can serve as distractions from serving and worshiping the Lord together.

Colossians 3:2 says: Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

July 4th traditionally marks the halfway mark of the summer and I want to challenge us to do something that will help “set your minds on things above” for the remainder of the summer. We have already started and will continue to focus on the Psalms during our Sunday morning worship times together.  You can download or listen to Psalm 3:Living a Life that Trust God here . I want to challenge you to read and meditate on the Psalms during your personal devotion times during our “Summer in the Psalms”.

The Psalms are considered by many to be the most loved portion of Scripture (maybe one of the reasons God made it the longest book) that have been a pillar of comfort and a tower of strength for believer throughout the ages.  One of the reasons the Psalms are deeply loved by so many Christians is that they give expression to an amazing array of emotions.  The Psalms are meant to be instructive about God and man and life. When we read the Psalms, we are meant to learn things about God and about human nature and about how life is to be lived.

Often when I talk to people about their favorite portion of Scripture it will be one of the Psalms. Do you have a favorite Psalm? As we strive together to set our minds on things above this summer by focusing on the Psalms I want you to consider reading through the whole book this summer. If you read 5 chapters from the Psalms a day it would take the average reader approximately 15 minutes (depending on the chapter size) and you could read all 150 Psalms in one month.

One approach to choosing a Psalm to pray through is the “Psalms of the Day” approach recommended by Donald Whitney.  This divides the 150 Psalms into 5 Psalms for each of 30 days in a month.  Take the day of month as your first Psalm.  Then keep adding 30 to that number until you get 5 Psalms. So if you start today, the 8th of the month, your first Psalm is Psalm 8.  To Psalm 8, add 30 to get the next one, Psalm 38.  These would be followed by Psalm 68, then 98, and 128.  (On the 31st, use Psalm 119).  For added incentive it so happens I am preaching through Psalm 8 on July 8th so I hope that will encourage you also (That sermon titled: Worship His Majesty, preached on July 8 is now up and available to listen or download here). Even if you are a slow reader you can take two months to do it and still almost be done around Labor Day (the traditional end of the summer).

Let’s read through and pray through them together this summer shall we? I will be posting some periodic thoughts and helps here during our remaining summer months. There is probably no other book in the Bible where believers personally find more help in the various crises of life than the Psalms,  so please join me for a “Summer in the Psalms.”

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