Nothing speaks to my emotions and strengthens my faith like reading Psalms. It’s like reading and praying at the same time. A good thirty plus years ago in the church we basically grew up in as a couple, our pastor had led the church in a time of reading every 30th Psalm and a Proverb starting with the day of the month. So on the first we read Psalm 1,31,61,91,121 and Proverbs 1. I have done this plan off and on for all these years. Sometimes a month at a time or maybe a couple of months. Maybe even for a few weeks. I like to suggest this reading plan to anyone just starting out in their Bible reading journey.
As we have been participating in virtual worship and Bible study in our church, I have also been listening to worship services and Bible studies of that church we went to before moving here 18 years ago. The pastor who started me on this reading plan is now leading the church once again to read every thirtieth psalm during this pandemic. He has also been doing a Facebook live study on different chapters. He started out picking one of the chapters that we were reading that day. The last several times he has done an extensive study of Psalms 23. I have to admit I have never heard it taught like this before. It’s been amazing to take advantage of these virtual lessons being taught.
For the last two years, since reunion with my oldest daughter, I have spent a lot of time in Psalms. As I read about David’s doubts and fears, I can see how he called out to the Lord and then praised Him for His promises and His grace and mercy. It gives me hope when I am dealing with doubt or fears that I can be the birthmom I need to be. When guilt and shame of the past weigh me down, I am reminded of the forgiveness God has given me through His Son. I can see how grief and joy can coexist. It always seems to help me line up my emotions with God’s truth.
If you are struggling with fears or doubts during this pandemic or any crisis, I would suggest reading Psalms for awhile. It is like a balm to your soul as the Good Shepherd tends to your wounded heart. He is so faithful.
“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
Psalms 23:1-6 NASB
If you’d like to hear the first of the Psalms 23 series check this link…
KP May 2020