We invite you to join us in reading through the entire Bible together. We're not trying to complete it in a limited time frame like a month or a year; but rather, we want to create a habit (or discipline) of getting to know God's heart through what He's told us about Himself.
This year, we are doing something a little different. Instead of just reading through a chapter or two a day, we want to slow down and help Scripture remain with us, and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us from it, more clearly throughout the day and week. During each week, we encourage you to not only read the passage, but write it down as well. The act of writing will help you think about each word, and will help you remember the verses longer. Questions and cross-references will be available in the weekly bulletin, which can be downloaded from the Streaming page.
When reading, ask yourself the following questions:
- What does it say about God?
- What does it say to/about me?
- What can I learn from this reading?
- Sunday: Psalm 43 vs 5 – a great example of speaking God’s Word to yourself
- Monday: Psalm 5 An individual lament for the morning Temple Service
- Tuesday: Psalm 12 A lament for feelings of isolation and abandonment by God
- Wednesday: Psalm 13 A lament that starts with suffering, pain and desolation but then moves to joy, praise and delight! A classic example of how when lament is done in a godly manner, authentically, it will lead to worship … it will lead into God’s presence
- Thursday: Psalm 22 Echoed by Jesus on the Cross (vs 1)! A lament by someone who is virtuous and righteous, a lament rooted in trust and faith; not one that comes off as an accusation or confusion.
- Friday: Psalm 26 A lament that desires vindication in the context of enemies who have put the fear of death (in David)
- Saturday: Psalm 35 [Notice how we are misled by extra biblical stuff IN the Bible, like headings, footnotes, etc. What is the title above the Psalm? ESV says “Great is the Lord” – that’s wonderful, but of the 28 verses, ½ of vs 27 declares that truth; 27½ verses are laments!]. A better title would be “How long?” – a lament when one is tired of waiting while still trusting God …
- Sunday: Psalm 44 “For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me”
- Monday: Psalm 42 A lament of desperation for God’s presence, a lament filled with tears. It comes from being taunted by the enemy, specifically of questioning “Where is your God?” (vs 10)
- Tuesday: Psalm 59 A lament of David, pleading his innocence; the context is Saul’s men seeking to kill David. Through the lament David is able to say ‘don’t kill them’ (vs 11)
- Wednesday: Psalm 79 A lament that is rightly titled “How Long?” – aware of their sin, the lament calls on God’s compassion (vs 8)
- Thursday: Psalm 88 The saddest Lament! Vs 10 says that God works wonders for the dead, vs 12 God’s ‘wonders known in darkness’, and yet for the Psalmist he feels “cast away” (vs 14)
- Friday: Psalm 90 A lament of Moses, is a congregational lament. This Psalm is the basis of the hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”. Like many laments notice how it ends in vs 17 – with hope!
- Saturday: Psalm 109 A lament that includes a call for God to vindicate David and his people’s enemies (see vs 8-15) – notice that God is asked to do it and not they take it upon themselves. Even before the answer comes, David is able to say vs 30-31 worshipfully.
- Sunday: Psalm 45