A Psalm A Day

I recently attended a Christmas luncheon at one of the country clubs that dot the landscape of the California desert where I live. The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the luncheon was the beautiful music playing in the background. Immediately, the music produced a wonderful calming effect inside of me. Then, following the Christmas carols came the Hallelujah Chorus.

Now, I grew up in a very musical family, and thanks to my mother, I was introduced to Handel’s Messiah from the time I was a very little girl. So the Hallelujah Chorus is one of my favorites. I just stopped there in the entryway at that country club and reveled in that glorious music. Indeed, there is something almost magical in music that touches a heart and soul in ways that the printed word never will. Oh, how I love to sing a good hymn or worship song in praise to our Lord.

Music has been called the foretaste of eternal life. And God has given us music in His Word.

The Psalms are the hymnbook of the Bible.

I invite you to take a journey every day in the Psalms because the Psalms are the songs for your journey. I love the Psalms and try to read a Psalm every morning in my quiet time. In fact, I often say with a smile that “a Psalm a day will keep the devil away!” Of course, the Psalms are especially effective in the Prepare Your Heart section of The PRAYER Quiet Time Plan within The Quiet Time Notebook. They are a great way to bring your focus directly to the Lord.

It’s important to remember that the Psalms were written by real people just like you and me who were facing real trials in their own lives.

They struggled with life —

Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
Psalm 73:25-28 NASB

They ran to the Lord for help —

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
Psalm 46:1-3 NASB

God will use the Psalms in your life to comfort your heart and strengthen your spirit. I encourage you to allow the music of the Psalms to pour into your life this coming year. Try reading a Psalm each day. Then underline your favorite verse from that Psalm in your Bible. Write that favorite verse and your insights in The Quiet Time Journal or The Quiet Time Notebook.

The music from the Psalms will become songs for your journey with the Lord!

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Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 NASB

♥ God bless you in the great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Journaling pours out your soul to the Lord. When you journal, you become receptive to the voice of God. … Pouring out your soul to the Lord means to lift up every desire, need, joy, sorrow, and thought that is on your heart and in your mind to your Father who loves you more than you can imagine. It is done in the presence of God, directed to God, and intended for the glory of God.
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