Reading the Psalms is always a good thing to do.
The Psalms is a collection of 150 lyric poems bound together in five books. They are either emotional or reflective, drawing us into the subjective expression of experience by the poet. This is very helpful, because it often supplies words to describe our thoughts or feelings as we interact with God. It gives us permission to question, to seek, to cry out and to admit that we don't have all the answers.
It also discloses God's feelings toward us, so we can be comforted, encouraged, admonished or corrected. It becomes clear that we are sinful human beings, but that God nevertheless chooses to love us. His grace knows no bounds!
Reading the Psalms together, as a church community, is a really good thing to do.
We can help each other as we struggle to understand difficult verses. We can bless each other as we share with each other verses that have significant meaning for us, or them, at this moment in time. And, we can experience God's Word together, hearing what it has to say to us as a church family!
We wanted to make it easy for people to know which psalm to read on any given day, so we have paired the number of the psalm to the date. For instance, on January 1 we will read psalm 1. January 2 will be psalm 2, February 1 will be psalm 31, and March 1 will be psalm 61, etc. There are 150 psalms, so we will read 30 psalms per month.
February only has 28 days and some months have 31 days. On those "odd" occasions your reading will be based on personal choice. You may choose to reread a significant psalm, you may read multiple psalms on the same day, or you could read something totally different. The idea of pairing the psalm to the date is meant to free us up. We don't have to "catch up" in order to read the psalm of the day. Even if you have missed some days, for whatever reason, simply proceed to read the psalm for that day without any condemnation. You will be blessed as you spend time in God's Word!
For those who like a schedule we have attached a reading guide you can download and print. :)