Dear 365 Readers, Tuesday, June 7th we start reading Psalms! We’re calling this “The Psalms of Summer” in which we will cover Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon from June 7 to July 15.
If you are just joining us, the reading schedule is here http://mylhumc.net/365-bible and can also be downloaded from the sidebar.
Also we have redone our Facebook discussion group, so you can easily find “Psalms of Summer”, click to attend and then share your thoughts as we read together! https://www.facebook.com/events/256170971405707/
How to Read the Psalms:
For nearly every mood and emotion, there is a psalm. It is the longest book in the Bible, compiled by David and other song writers over a period of many years… it’s a bit like a hymnal compiled for temple worship. It’s interesting to note that the New Testament writers quoted the Psalms more than any other book of the Old Testament.
As you read the Psalms, consider these things:
- Do you recognize lyrics from a hymn or modern song? I like to mark a musical note in the margin.
- What is the character of God as reflected in each song? What do we learn about who He is? Consider using a blue or purple colored pencil to circle passages that reveal the character of God.
- What title would you give each psalm? I like to give them my own titles, which I write in the top margin of my Bible – I seem to remember them better that way, instead of trying to remember just their number.
- And if a psalm in particular strikes your heart, pray it out loud back to the Lord. Often the cries of our hearts are reflected in these ancient worship songs.
Enjoy this change in literature style! And join our Facebook discussion, I’d like to hear what Psalms resonate with you! — Mindy