Reading Psalms

After reading four introductions to the Psalms I think I’m ready to actually start reading them. I used the first volume of Goldingay’s Psalms commentary (given to me by a very generous pastor), the NLT Study Bible, the ESV Study Bible and The Essential Bible Companion to the Psalms. I’d like to read one Psalm a day and read the latter mentioned book along with it and the commentary for any questions I have for the first 49 psalms.

For some reason I’ve never been a big fan and I want to be. I seem to be a big fan of nearly everything else. I pray this time around I’ll get to like them better. I think it’s strange that I can’t get enough of Proverbs and I’ve never really been into most of the Psalms, which seems to be many people’s favorite. If anyone has been in my position and it changed, I’d like to read about it.

I may do a post every now and then. I have one coming up on David’s possible authorship of many of the Psalms “of David”.

I’m in the middle of If God Is Good right now, which is very comprehensive, and then plan on reading a commentary on Genesis. Then I have some other ‘regular’ books on OT topics which I look forward to.

3 Responses to “Reading Psalms”

  1. 1 Jordan Doty

    I am one who has finally grown to love reading through the Psalms this year. I also did not understand the full love that others approached the Psalms with, and I often wished for it. I knew that our worship leader had that love, and I saw how much his investment in the Psalms paid off in his life. What finally convinced me was the 30 day Psalms challenge. Most people know about the 31 Day Proverbs idea–read one proverb a day for 31 days, depending upon what day of the month it was (i.e. Proverb 5 on May 5th, Proverb 17 on June 17th.

    Then I supposed that I could do the same for the Psalms. There are 150, and about 30 days a month, so each day I would do a simple calculation. If today is the 17th of the month, I would multiply 17 x 5 (that is, 150 psalms in 30 days = 5 psalms a day, give or take), and then subtract four, so I could read those five. So for today. 17 x 5 = 85 – 4 = 81. So I would read Psalms 81-85 today. The more I did this, the easier the math became in my head, and it was good practice. If I did not read all five Psalms that day, maybe just 2 or 3 of them, I would still start fresh the next day with the next set of 5.

    After doing this process for several weeks, I really got to see just how much theology that we take for granted is in the Psalms, as well as how many Psalms later influence the NT writers. I would also read several translations of each psalm when I had the time, as well as the study notes in the ESV or HCSB or NLT Study Bibles. I have all of them on my iphone and iPad, so this was even easier on the go. I have since come back to this 30 day Psalm plan often, and have really begun to enjoy it. Of course, the day with Psalm 119 is the hardest! I hope this idea goes well for you!

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thank you for the reply Jordan. That’s great that it turned around for you. I’ve been doing one Psalm a day but reading a bit of commentary in Alter’s translation and the ‘Essential’ book as I mentioned, which hasn’t been that great so far. Maybe I should do more.

  3. 3 Scripture Zealot

    The thing I get stuck on is how the ‘enemies’ stuff applies to us.

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