A few months into the coronavirus pandemic, I decided to read through the book of Psalms.
The plan was simple: I would read just a single psalm each morning during those peaceful few minutes after getting out of bed but before the kids made me wish I hadn’t. I would see what grabbed my attention, what struck me as odd, or what gave me pause. And I would write down my thoughts as I went.
After a few weeks, I realized what I had might be helpful to other people, and so I now offer it up on this page. Every weekday I post devotional thoughts on one psalm—150 psalms in 150 days. Some entries are reflective, while others are like a short Bible study, but most are something like a mashup of the two.
Why the Psalms?
The book of Psalms is the Bible’s creamy, gooey center. It’s Israel’s songbook, filled with the poetry of praise and petition, and the prayers we need when we can’t seem to find our own words.
No, really. Why the Psalms?
The Psalms are about as beautiful as the ocean at sunset and twice as deep. The book looks back on Israel’s history but also ahead to Jesus. With equal clarity, it offers us insight into the human soul and a peek into the heavenly realms. In short, the Psalms are chock-full of Bible-nerd fun.
Things You Might Want to Know
- Unless otherwise marked, all of the Scripture I’ve quoted is taken from the New International Version of the Bible.
- I realize that when a psalm’s title in our English Bibles indicates “A psalm of David” or the like, that doesn’t necessarily mean David wrote the psalm. In Hebrew, that phrase can also be translated “A psalm about David” or “A psalm for David.” However, unless there is a compelling reason to question David’s authorship, I will generally keep to tradition when either the title of the psalm or the New Testament names him.
- If you have a question, speak up! I’ll do my best to respond.
“The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.”—C. S. Lewis