On Sunday afternoon (July 2), I came home after church and sat out on my balcony surrounded by books and journals. Reflecting on Pastor Bob’s morning message, I decided I would read the book of Psalms this month because that’s the focus of his July teaching series. Though the book of Psalms quite enthralls me, it wasn’t always that way. I sat teary-eyed that afternoon while reading King David’s songs (and those of other lyricists and composers).
About a week ago, my younger son told me that he reads through the book of Psalms monthly. To be honest, I thought (but didn’t question aloud) Why would you DO that? (I mean it’s the book of PSALMS. Is there even INSTRUCTION in there?! Are you LEARNING anything?! Because instruction is what I tirelessly seek! I yearn to learn, which is why I am constantly in Romans and the gospels!)
Well, let me tell you, Friend, it’s now three days later. I’m up to Psalm 51 in my reading, and I am LEARNING. The book of Psalms IS a book of instruction. And lots of other things, but there is learning going on in my brain. Fo’ SHO’
My plan is not to share with you all of that which I am annotating and underlining in my Bible because I have a request. A petition. A plea, really.
Will you join me reading the book of Psalms this month in support of Pastor Bob’s July instructional focus? I know, I know. You’ve already lost about six or seven days of reading. I get it. That just means you will have to either read around ten psalms daily (until you get to Psalm 119, of course...THAT psalm will take a day by itself!) or go into August a few days. That’s okay! It’s alright! Will you join me? Will you?! Pleeeeeeease?! And another thing, when you are able, read -- aloud -- the psalms. It’s different reading them aloud than just in your head. I feel as though I own the psalms as I read them out loud to myself.
There. Now, go get your Bible. Open it up to Psalm 1. Read a few psalms today, and ENJOY! Do the same tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. And share a few lines that particularly strike you below in the comments, if you will.
I look forward to reading what you’re learning.
Let’s talk soon.
Kimberly S. Lancaster
July 5, 2017