This month, I’m reading through the book of Psalms with a friend. I’ve done this a few times on my own already and it’s been wonderful! I’m seeing connections throughout chapters, finding encouragement I never knew was there, and becoming more and more familiar with the book. At first, I was quite intimidated by the thought of reading the entire book of Psalms in one month. 150 chapters (Including chapter 119, which happens to be 176 verses long) in 30 days? But honestly, that’s only 5 chapters a day. And while 119 stands so tall and daunting, most of the Psalms are surprisingly short and can be read in less than a minute.
So here’s the plan:
Start by taking a look at your calendar (this actually works best if it’s a month with 31 days, but a 30 day month will suffice). Are you looking? What’s the date today? As I’m writing this, it’s the 7th of September. Consequently, I began this morning by reading Psalm 7. Sounds easy enough, right? Whatever the date is, that’s the Psalm you begin with that day.
Next is the part where most people start giving me a confused look, so pay attention. 😉 After reading Psalm 7, skip 30 chapters and read Psalm 37. Skip 30 more and read Psalm 67… and so on until you cannot skip 30 anymore. This will keep you reading 5 chapters each day. Except on the 29th. On that day you will only read four chapters, skipping 119.
What to do with 119? That one gets its own day. As long as the month has 31 days, you will save it for that last day and only read that.
In the case of months with only 30 days (such as this month), I don’t typically read all of Psalm 119. I’ll just skim over it, study a few verses that I’ve highlighted in the past, and then continue on with the rest of my reading.
And that’s it! Are you confused yet? I’m trying to find an easier way to explain all this, but somehow it always ends up sounding so complicated. Of course, if you have any questions, you are welcome to ask them in the comments.