Old Letters in the Attic: How & Why to Study Psalms

A wonderful look at one book in the Bible and a wonderful way to enjoy it fully.

Imagine finding a box hidden in the attic, forgotten.

You open it to find personal letters to your great grandfather from his children—letters asking him difficult questions, commenting on his importance in history, asking his advice, begging for his help, and gratefully acknowledging his love and faithfulness.

If you wanted to learn more about this family patriarch, you'd study these letters.

This is one reason we study the Psalms—letters, songs and poems written to One far greater than a righteous relative. Divinely inspired, they give us a look into our Heavenly Father’s heart through the eyes of His children who pleased Him, disappointed Him, suffered for Him, shared His glory, and asked Him difficult questions about life.

"I sought the Lord and He answered me..." Psalm 34:4


Here's a practical way of reading the Psalms:

It's a blessing to read a few psalms everyday. So try this: On the first of the month, read Psalm 1, add 30 and read Psalm 31. Then add 30 and read Psalm 61. Then add 30 and read Psalm 91. Finish with Psalm 121. 

If you do this each day, you'll read the entire book of Psalms each month. When I do this, I save the longest psalm (Psalm 119) for months with 31 days and read it on the 31st. 

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