Several weeks ago, when COVID-19 was making a lot of changes in our lives, I also changed my Bible reading routine. At the time I was in the book of 2 Chronicles. I halted and moved over to the Psalms. I decided to read five Psalms a day. There are 150 Psalms, so that would mean I would complete the book in thirty days.
When I first devised this plan, I had no idea how much the Psalms would change me. Reading through the Psalms has been such a joy to me and made a big impact on my heart. I loved reading them so much that when I reached Psalm 140, I slowed my pace because I was sad to see the book come to an end. But when I slowed my pace I could tell that my outlook took a turn as well.
So, I decided to take a different approach to make the Psalms last longer by simply reading through them again. I have done this before with the book of John, re-reading it several times in a row. All the gospels are good, but John is my favorite. Perhaps it is just the way the author writes. I always feel comforted when reading John, more so than the other three gospels.
And the same is true for the Psalms. They have been bringing me so much comfort and joy over the past several weeks. When things in the world seemed to be falling apart, I was reminded of how great our God is. Many of the Psalms focus on praising the Lord. Therefore, as I read through the Psalms, I found myself praising the Lord more.
And I discovered that is the secret to surviving this chaos, and even the secret to surviving day-to-day life: Praising God!
Praising God transforms us in several ways:
So during this time, if you have been feeling down, I encourage you to read the Psalms and to praise God. Keep your focus on the Lord. Remind yourself each day of just how amazing He is. Remember that God is still God. We don’t have to fear when the Most High God is by our side.
I will be talking a bit more about praising God over the next several weeks. So be sure to come back next Tuesday for more on this topic!
The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! – Psalm 18: 46