Posted by: ritagone | April 11, 2012

Psalms and Proverbs in 31 Days

Yesterday I was reading Psalm 100 in my youversion.com’s daily reading program, which happens to be reading through the Psalms and Proverbs in one month’s time.  I like this program, which takes you through five psalms and one chapter of proverbs each day, until by the end of the month you’ve read through both.  So based on the day of the month, you always know where you are in the psalms once you get the hang of how they organize them and you definitely know which chapter of Proverbs you are in: the 10th day of the month, you’re reading the 10th chapter of Proverbs.

It allows you to notice the symmetry of the psalms, starting with Psalm 1 and then reading four more in sequence, then Proverbs chapter 1.  By the 30th of the month you’ve read all 150 psalms (I don’t know yet what they do with you on the 31st day of the month, so I may do the same program in May to see what happens just out of curiosity) and all 31 proverbs, a great way, as I said, to spend the month in the Bible reading two wonderful and inspiring Old Testament books.

The psalms never disappoint.

May I share Psalm 100 with you?  It’s a vibrant piece of poetry to start the day with.  When you’re overwhelmed, as so many of us can be so much of the time considering the world we live in, Psalm 100 can calm you down like nothing else can, because it brings us into the presence of God as Creator and Sustainer of the universe.  And beyond that, it shows us that He is not impersonal.  He is the God of love and mercy and compassion.  e isHe  He is good.  He is so very easy to worship.

So read this psalm and read it again.  It’s short and to the point.  Maybe you can copy it onto a 3” x 5” card or somewhere on your iPhone as you go through the day, because believe me, you’ll need it.  I may not know what your day is going to look like specifically, but I do know that you’ll need the reflections of Psalm 100, because we all do.

A psalm. For giving thanks.

1    Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

2      Worship the LORD with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

        3    Know that the LORD is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4    Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

5    For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

 

Pretty spectacular, isn’t it?  I feel better already for having read this psalm this morning.  Will it make everything that happens today be wonderful?  No.  But will it cast a different light on what does happen throughout the day and night?  Yes, I think it will.

The Proverbs chapter for yesterday, as I said, was 10, and in it I also found a great verse that could be a sort of “mantra” for any day: “Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.”  Now there’s a proverb I’d like to put my heart and soul and mind into each day, one that’s worth being reminded of constantly.

Too often I forget to just plain love the people around me, and a good old-fashioned proverb can make me more aware of my need to do just that.

It’s not complicated, not rocket science by any means.  Just a helpful reminder to make Scripture work the way it’s supposed to in our lives on a daily basis: apply the word constantly so that it can change us from the inside out.

I’m not big on memorizing Bible verses.  At my stage of life, I’m lucky if I remember where my Bible actually is.  But having a verse in front of me during the day and being able to read it and think about it, having a psalm to read more often than once or twice a day is a real blessing and one that I will plan on taking advantage of during the month of April as I do the Psalms & Proverbs Program in 31 Days in youversion.  Hopefully it will go a long way toward making me more aware of how much God has done in my life, how much He loves me, and what I can do throughout each day to show my love and gratitude for His unfailing love.

How about you?

 

 

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