Praying the Psalms Over 30 Days

One thing that I am very big on, it’s prayer and particularly praying the Psalms.  If you want to get your heart, mind, soul, and spirit into the heavenly realms, pray the Psalms.  If you want heaven to enter your heart, pray the Psalms.  If you want to be really open with God and feel intimate with Him, pray the Psalms.  If you want your prayer to be more alive than the boring ones offered during the Sunday service, pray the Psalms.  If you want the Sunday church prayers to be more dynamic, pray the Psalms.  The good thing is that you can actually do this in one month!  During the Reformation, English bishop Thomas Cranmer created a schedule of praying through the Psalms in one month.  I thought I would mention it here for the edification of others.

In a sermon I heard on Psalm 1:1-6 and 150:1-6, the preacher made an allusion to the Lord of the Rings, where Pippin stands next to Gandalf, whose face looks careworn. Tolkein wrote, “Yet in the wizard’s face he saw at first only lines of care and sorrow; though as he looked more intently he perceived that under all there was a great joy: a fountain of mirth enough to set a kingdom laughing, were it to gush forth”. For me, the parallel in Scripture is that even when sorrow and evil seem overwhelming, there is something beyond it that will hold me onto my Rock.  I want to make Psalms my prayer book so that my soul is anchored to Christ, that what I learn in my mind percolates down into my heart and permeates my life and strengthens my love of God so that nothing can toss me about so that, like Gandalf, I can set a whole kingdom laughing (Prov. 17:27).  May it bless you too  🙂

Day Morning Evening
1 1 – 5 6 – 8
2 9 – 11 12 – 14
3 15 – 17 18
4 19 – 21 22 – 23
5 24 – 26 27 – 29
6 30 – 31 32 – 34
7 35 – 36 37
8 38 – 40 41 – 43
9 44 – 46 47 – 49
10 50 – 52 53 – 55
11 56 – 58 59 – 61
12 62 – 64 65 – 67
13 68 69 – 70
14 71 – 72 73 – 74
15 75 – 77 78
16 79 – 81 82 – 85
17 86 – 88 89
18 90 – 92 93 – 94
19 95 – 97 98 – 101
20 102 – 103 104
21 105 106
22 107 108 – 109
23 110 – 113 114 – 115
24 116 – 118 119:1 – 32
25 119: 33 – 72 119:73 – 104
26 119:105 – 144 119:145 – 176
27 120 – 125 126 – 131
28 132 – 135 136 – 138
29 139 – 140 141 – 143
30 144 – 146 147 – 150

You needn’t memorise the passages: just pray them. On the morning of the first day, for instance, you pray through Psalms 1-5. Then in the evening, pray through Psalms 6-8.  Read through the whole Psalm to God and then adapt it to your own circumstances. So, for instance, pray through Psalm 1 and choose maybe one big prayer point that strikes you (e.g. the need to pray to God morning and evening). Then move onto Psalm 2 and do the same. With Psalm 2, you can praise Jesus that He is God’s king in whom we find mercy from God’s wrath, etc. You need not stick too rigidly to this schedule either but move around various Psalms to different times and days … not every Psalm and verse will impact you in quite the same way.

Once you’ve gone through them all in a month, go back and pray them at a much slower pace, maybe one psalm in the morning and one in the evening.

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

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