“I think I need a new phone,” I tell my husband.
“Why? Is it not working?” he asks.
“Well, it works, but the battery doesn’t hold a charge for very long,” I explain. “It’s always dying on me at the worst times.”
My husband picks up my phone to inspect it. “Have you tried shutting it down and letting it fully charge?”
Shut it down? All the way? Charge it up? All the way?
What a crazy idea.
This conversation with my husband took place years ago. But it has stayed with me.
There are seasons when it’s time to recharge. So here at Deeper Waters, one of our core values is rest. The truth is, there’s always work to be done. As a teacher, there are always papers to grade and lessons to plan. And at home, there are always laundry piles to fold and emails that need a response.
But my husband is right. We operate better when we’re fully charged.
Our 2017 Bible Reading Plan is one chapter a day, with Psalms on the weekends and in between our book studies. But you’ll notice that November and December is scheduled for a Psalm day. This is such a lovely pace. It’s deliberate, too, as it gives us a chance to slow our pace so we can enjoy the holidays and prepare for the coming new year.
Here are a few tips for reading the psalms:
1. Before reading, pray this simple prayer from Psalm 119:18: “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (NIV).
2. Read the psalm straight through, from start to finish. Ask God to reveal Himself to you as you read his Word. Underline any passages that stand out to you. Write any questions you have in the margins.
3. Look for verses that do the following:
- Declare a truth.
- Give a command.
- Post a warning.
- Present a promise.
- Share a prayer.
- Offer an example.
4. Try reading the same passage in another version too. I enjoy the ESV, CSB, NIV, and NLT. (You can find lots of translations for free at BibleGateway.com.)
5. Select a verse or two and write them in a journal or notebook. Better yet, write out the whole psalm!
6. Finish your time in the Word the same way you began — with prayer. Talk to God about the passage you’ve read. Ask Him how He wants you to respond to it.
7. Lather, rinse, repeat. 🙂
You can apply these steps to any passage in the Bible. They’re a solid way to study Scripture.
For the remainder of November and December, we’ll enjoy a season of quiet here on website, which means there won’t be a daily devotion.
But the plans for 2018 are pretty spectacular, and I can’t wait to share them with you! So stay tuned!