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Read - or sing - out loud a Psalm (Tehillim) a day with gratitude (and a reading calendar)

DateScripturesDaily devotional commentary
Jul 11-18: Revelation
July 19:Psalms 1-8 * What does the word "blessed" mean?
July 20:Psalms 9-16 * Why do I respond to God with praise?
July 21:Psalms 17-20 * How can I change the way I talk and act?
July 22:Psalms 21-25 * How did David respond to God after a victory?
July 23:Psalms 26-31 * What can I ask the Lord to do for me? What pleases Him?
July 24:Psalms 32-35 * What can I ask the Lord to do about my sins?
July 25:Psalms 36-39 * What makes someone wicked?
July 26:Psalms 40-44 * Why wait patiently for the LORD to make changes..?
July 27:Psalms 45-50 * What will the Messiah be like?
July 28:Psalms 51-56 * Why does David rely upon God's mercy...?
July 29:Psalms 57-63 * Does God's purpose for me come easily?
July 30:Psalms 64-68 * Have I complained to God re: noisy conspiracy of wicked terrorists?
July 31:Psalms 69-72 * How are insults to God insults to us?
Aug 1:Psalms 73-77 * What's wrong with wanting to be like arrogant people?
Aug 2:Psalms 78-80 * What are parables?
Aug 3:Psalms 81-87 * How joyfully and loud do I celebrate the Lord God?
Aug 4:Psalms 88-91 * Am I ever depressed?
Aug 5:Psalms 92-100 * What causes some people to sing praises to God?
Aug 6:Psalms 101-104 * How does singing scripture help me apply the Lord's discipline?
Aug 7:Psalms 105-106 * What's my personal relationship with the Lord?
Aug 8:Psalms 107-111 * From what have I been redeemed?
Aug 9:Psalms 112-119:24 * Besides opening up wisdom, what does fearing the Lord mean?
Aug 10:Psalms 119:25-119:128 * What benefits does the Lord offer me when I'm low..?
Aug 11:Psalms 119:129-127:5 * How can I "unfold" the Lord's words?
Aug 12:Psalms 128-137 * What blessings come from fearing and respecting the Lord?
Aug 13:Psalms 138-143 * What 2 things do I praise the Lord's name for, no matter what?
Aug 14:Psalms 144-150 * Who trains me for war and battles?
Aug 15-25: Matthew

Donald Stamps, editor of The Full Life Study Bible, writes: "As an anthology of 150 psalms, the Psalter covers a great breadth of topics, including revelation about God, creation, humankind, salvation, sin and evil, justice and righteousness, worship and praise, prayer and judgment. It views God in a rich variety of ways: a fortress, rock, shield, shepherd, soldier, creator, ruler, judge, redeemer, sustainer, healer and avenger; he expresses love, anger and compassion, and he is everywhere present, all-knowing and almighty. God's people are also described in various ways: as the apple of his eye, sheep, saints, the upright and the righteous whom he has lifted out of the slimy pit, set their feet on a rock, and put a new song in their mouth. God directs their steps, satisfies their spiritual longings, forgives all their sins, heals all their diseases and provides for them an eternal dwelling."

Psalms 1-8
July 19 reading
Psalms 1-8
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* David Guzik
"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers." (1:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8

Psalm 1: What does the word "blessed" mean? Where is the focus, the delight, and the self-discipline of people taking the 2 ways described here?
Psalm 2: Why do many countries work against the God of Israel? Who is His son? Does fighting against God change His plans?
Psalm 3: When God's foes turn on you, too, what about you does God protect?
Psalm 4: How can I learn to wait on the Lord when I'm distressed?
Psalm 5: When the wicked, arrogant, and liars hit my life, what causes me to rejoice?
Psalm 6: When I'm overwhelmed with grief and sorrow, whose mercy and training do I seek?
Psalm 7: How does the Lord's righteousness cause me to trust His judgment and learn to be righteous too?
Psalm 8: Why and how do I worship the Lord?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 9-16
July 20 reading
Psalms 9-16
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Psalms,
* Guzik commentaries
"I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders." (9:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 9-10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16

Psalm 9: Why do I respond to God with praise? How do evil oppression and trouble both thwart and benefit righteous people? How long term are God's promises?
Psalm 10: When God seems far away, could he be patiently training me? Who does God see as wicked? What kind of help does God give?
Psalm 11: When people attack me, who watches and examines the choices I make? What other option do I have then but to panic and turn from God?
Psalm 12: How can we be God's people in an unfaithful, lying culture? Are we in charge of doing things our own way? Can words ever hurt us?
Psalm 13: Why is learning to be patient and to endure so tough? Why sing to God when someone is fighting against us?
Psalm 14: How smart are atheists and non-theists? Am I looking for God?
Psalm 15: How does God define "righteous"?
Psalm 16: What do I have that is good? Where do my situations, instructions, joy, ultimate security, and pathway come from?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 17-20
July 21 reading
Psalms 17-20
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* God In School
(teaching creation; Ps 19)
"Hear O LORD my righteous plea..." (17:1a)
* Easy English Psalms: 17 - 18 - 19 - 20

Psalm 17: How can I change the way I talk and act? Who and where is my reward?
Psalm 18: When hard times come, do I remember previous experiences with God and with enemies? How does God define righteousness? When does crying out to God not help?
Psalm 19: What do the heavens say to mankind? See David's rap: vs 7-9. Who can discern his own hidden faults?
Psalm 20: How can I bless other believers before we face spiritual or physical warfare? What trust doesn't work?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 21-25
July 22 reading
Psalms 21-25
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
Psalms 22, 145: * Why Don't Jews Believe in Jesus?, * and why others DO, Santala
"O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength. How great is his joy in the victories you give!" (21:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25 and Mike Myers' 23rd Psalm

Psalm 21: Rather than a quick "thank you," how did David respond to God after a victory?
Psalm 22: How did David's complaint apply to the Messiah, Jesus Christ later? How can we turn complaint into praise? Describe your problem to God. Praise God for what do you want Him to do.
Psalm 23: What relationship do I have with God?
Psalm 24: Who is the creator of the world? Who is the King of glory?
Psalm 25: Show me, teach me, guide me, remember me - according to Your love and goodness. What does it work, to seek the Lord? Where is my hope?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 26-31
July 23 reading
Psalms 26-31
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* The Worship of an Honest Heart,
Ray Stedman
"Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering." (26:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 - 30 - 31

Psalm 26: As I continue trusting in the Lord, what can I ask Him to do for me and what can I do to please Him?
Psalm 27: What did David think of as his enemies got closer? What all did he ask? When his father and mother left him, what gave him confidence?
Psalm 28: How is evil described? What confidence do I have to praise and thank God for in the midst of trouble?
Psalm 29: Do I see the glory, strength, splender, and holiness of the Lord God? What do I know about the Voice of God?
Psalm 30: How long does God's anger last? Or His favor? Why does the Lord value someone who praises Him over the dust of dead men?
Psalm 31: When all is going wrong, then what? How does this psalm apply both to the Messiah and to me?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 32-35
July 24 reading
Psalms 32-35
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Matthew Henry,
Complete Commentary
"Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit." (32:1-2)
* Easy English Psalms: 32 - 33 - 34 - 35

Psalm 32: What can I ask God to do about my transgressions and sins? What promise does God make about His offers to help me?
Psalm 33: How does God want to be worshiped? How is God's love stronger than armies, or famine, or death? How can I know God better?
Psalm 34: What promises are in this psalm? How do I know that God is good? Will being righteous keep me from having lots of troubles? What kills wicked people?
Psalm 35: How did David curse his enemies? How did he love his enemies? Tell God all your troubles, with praises for how He works.

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 36-39
July 25 reading
Psalms 36-39
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Jamieson, Fausset, Brown
"An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes." (36:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 36 - 37 - 38 - 39

Psalm 36: What makes someone wicked? In contrast, what are the characteristics of the LORD? Do I know Him?
Psalm 37: Why can I stop worrying about evil men? What things can we do, living in an evil generation? Why is hope more productive than evil? How can I resist the wicked, turn from evil, and keep the Lord's way?
Psalm 38: How did David plead with God after his sin is revealed and he describes physical and spiritual sickness? Why was David overcome by guilt but others gloated at him?
Psalm 39: When will I die? How can I number my days? Why doesn't being quiet work, even among adversaries? How did David deal with the LORD's discipline? Who did he talk to? Why did David ask God to stop looking at him?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 40-44
July 26 reading
Psalms 40-44
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Psalm commentaries,
David Guzik
"I wait patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry." (40:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 40 - 41 - 42 - 43 - 44

Psalm 40: What good is it for me to wait patiently for the LORD to make changes in my life? Pierced ears once showed soemone who had volunteered to be a servant for life. Why speak of God's faithfulness and salvation even when everything seems to be going wrong? David shows God the desires of his heart. (37:4)
Psalm 41: David needed sustained healing because he was sick. And some people - even friends - talked against him, expecting his sin to kill him.
Psalm 42: Why am I depressed and mourning? Why does it seem God has forgotten me? Why can't I get Him out of my mind? Why say encouraging things to my own soul, to be hopeful in God?
Psalm 43: Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? When God's light and truth guides me again, won't I praise God in all my joy and delight? Why are you so downcast, oh my soul?
Psalm 44: Remember when the God of Israel defeated countries without His people even using a sword? Who decrees victories for God's people? What will I trust in? Is it unfair, or personal training, when hard times come to people seeking the Lord? Who rules: situations or the Lord?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 45-50
July 27 reading
Psalms 45-50
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Ps 50:1-6 and * Ps 50:1-15,
John Piper
"My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer." (45:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 45 - 46 - 47 - 48 - 49 - 50

Psalm 45: What will the Messiah be like? Do I understand the anointing of the oil of joy? What do I think of the royal bride? How important is joy and gladness to her? How long will people remember Messiah?
Psalm 46: Why not fear natural disasters? What does the psalmist focus on instead of disasters? What are some of the works of the Lord? Do I need to exert effort or be still before God?
Psalm 47: Why does the psalmist say God is awesome? How do we express joy to our God? This psalm helps me get to know God better. Why is God greatly exalted?
Psalm 48: Why is the city of our God the joy of the whole earth? Why is it dangerous to fight against Jerusalem? To whom are we to tell about the Lord, the Messiah, the great King, Mt. Zion, the great city, and God - who will be our guide to the end?
Psalm 49: What information does Israel have for all people, worldwide? Why should I fear when evil days come? What do the wicked rely upon? Why doesn't money matter? What happens to people who think being blessed is because of financial wealth?
Psalm 50: How does this psalmist describe God? Why isn't God impressed with all the animal sacrifices? Why make sacrifices to the Lord God? How do the righteous respond differently to God from the wicked? How is salvation a process, not a ticket?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 51-56
July 28 reading
Psalms 51-56
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Sermons from
"Have mercy on me, O GOD, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions." (51:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 51 - 52 - 53 - 54 - 55 - 56

Psalm 51: Why does David rely upon God's mercy, love, and compassion over offering Him a sacrifice to overcome the results of his sin? What has David learned? What does he ask? Why is David now better qualified to teach the Lord's ways to transgressors? What sacrifices does the Lord want? What relationship does Jerusalem have with sacrifices?
Psalm 52: How well does boasting of evil things work for transgressors? What do righteous people see in someone who loves evil over good? What's the difference?
Psalm 53: Still teaching transgressors, what does David say about atheists or non-theists? Do I understand unreasonable dread? When will salvation come to Israel out of Zion?
Psalm 54: How would I describe David's relationship with God when he is being attacked? On the front lines of battle, David continues to have troubles, keeps reporting them to the Lord, recognizes evil and righteousness, and tells everyone that the Lord delivers him from all his troubles from foes who have no regard for God.
Psalm 55: When David's thoughts trouble him and he is distraught, what does he do? He is overwhelmed because of horrifing deaths. He sees violence, strife, and destructive forces in the city. He is betrayed by a close, once trusted friend. Rather than running away, what does David remind himself to do for encouragement? Who does he trust?
Psalm 56: When pursued with people slandering and attacking him, how does David feel and what does he do? Describing to God what his enemies are doing helps David. So does stating the Lord's promises about faithful deliverance. Why not memorize verses 10-11?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 57-63
July 29 reading
Psalms 57-63
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Chuck Smith's Study Guide
highlights of each psalm
"Have mercy on me, O GOD, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed." (57:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 57 - 58 - 59 - 60 - 61 - 62 - 63

Psalm 57: Is God's purpose for me something that comes easily? What benefit did David find in singing praise to the Lord even before dawn?
Psalm 58: Is it easy for rulers to be just and to promote justice? Are people taught to be wicked?
Psalm 59: Why does David ask God to let his enemies live? What shows that God rules over a country? How does David use singing as a weapon?
Psalm 60: How do desperate times show people that God is angry with them and has rejected them? In times like that, what do the righteous people do?
Psalm 61: What did David want from God? What do I want from God?
Psalm 62: How are double minded men different from the Lord God? Why not seek and trust in unjust financial gain?
Psalm 63: Want to know God better? Check out this psalm. How have I seen the Lord? What is better than life? In the battle between those who stand for truth and those who stand for lies, who appears stronger and who is ultimately stronger?

David's psalms often consisted of
1) describing what's wrong, what bad is happening, and the enemies
2) what's right, who and how to bless, focusing on the solution
3) God's character and promises and truth
4) God's help and strength and plan
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 64-68
July 30 reading
Psalms 64-68
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Psalm commentaries,
David Guzik
"Hear me, O GOD, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy." (64:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 64 - 65 - 66 - 67 - 68

Psalm 64: Have I complained to God about the noisy conspiracy of the wicked terrorists in the world? What else can the righteous do while the enemies think they are winning?
Psalm 65: What can someone who has sinned do to get forgiveness? How does God answer us? How do people at the ends of the earth respond to God's wonders? What plan has God established for the people?
Psalm 66: Have I made it a habit yet to communicate with God by shouting, singing, saying, and seeing? What training do we get when God tests his people? What has God done for ME? What keeps God from listening to some people's prayers and praises?
Psalm 67: What is the value of fearing and respecting the Lord who is a just ruler?
Psalm 68: How does David bless God by what he says? What facts about God are in this psalm? Even with more majestic mountains to choose from, upon which mountain will the Lord live forever? What does this psalm say about the plan for and power of the Messiah?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 69-72
July 31 reading
Psalms 69-72
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Psalms and Worship,
Azusa Pacific University course
"Save me, O GOD, for the waters have come up to my neck." (69:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 69 - 70 - 71 - 72

Psalm 69: What a great difference between the awesome Lord described in Psalm 68 and the sinking, hoarse, hated man, David! How are insults to God insults to us? Will I be made fun of if I want to live a holy life, seekig God? How did the trouble David have also apply to the Messiah, Jesus? Why do some people persecute someone the Lord is disciplining? What pleases the Lord more than animal sacrifices? How come the poor see things that others don't get?
Psalm 70: How did David describe "what goes around, comes around"? What does David need? How does he describe his problem? How does he want God to bless others who seek the Lord? Why is he in a hurry for help?
Psalm 71: How does David describe the Lord? What happened at David's birth? Why do enemies want me to slip up? While enemies do what they can to discourage, accuse, harm, and silence David, what did he decide to talk about? Who would he tell? How long had God been teaching David? If I am right with God, will I see any troubles?
Psalm 72: How should a king judge his people and deal with the needy, afflicted, and oppressors? Why does this psalm of Solomon talk more about Messiah as king than Solomon as king? What are the people of a country to do for their leader? Who is it that all nations will be blessed through, and will call Him blessed?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 73-77
August 1 reading
Psalms 73-77
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Our Own Silly Faces,
C. S. Lewis on Psalms
"Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart." (73:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 73 - 74 - 75 - 76 - 77

Psalm 73: What's wrong with wanting to be like arrogant people who have an easy life, use violence to get what they want, and claim responsibility for the conservation of heaven and earth? Does God know what is going on here? Does it make any sense to go through hard times to live a pure life? Why does the psalmist say he showed ignorance by being embittered and grieved at how the wicked live? What benefits do the pure in heart actually have?
Psalm 74: How does this psalm describe the Lord's rejection of His people and the ruin of His temple? How does the destroyed temple compare with what later happened to Messiah? How does the psalmist bless the Lord and ask Him to remember the covenant and defend His cause?
Psalm 75: Do we know the Lord's Name is near because of all of His wonderful deeds? What does "I choose the appointed time" mean? How is each man's destiny up to the Lord?
Psalm 76: What is it like to join a battle with the Lord? Will I join His side in the fight? How does God's wrath against men bring Him praise?
Psalm 77: Have I ever been too troubled to sleep or speak? Have I ever wondered if the Lord would ever show me His favor again? What deeds, miracles, and works do I remember that He did long ago? How can we bless Him for those things?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 78-80
August 2 reading
Psalms 78-80
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Psalms and the Christian,
Mark Copeland
"O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old" (78:1-2)
* Easy English Psalms: 78 - 79 - 80

Psalm 78: What are parables? Why does habitually refusing to obey God and habitually forgetting God make some people his enemies? How does learning the history of God among His people help us to know and understand Him better? What makes the Lord angry? How does He punish - and restore - His people?
Psalm 79: When God is punishing His people, who do they cry out to for help? When they are helped and restored again, who do they thank and praise?
Psalm 80: What is the psalmist's complaint to God? How does he describe Israel being brought out of Egypt? Who is the "son of man" who sits on God's right hand?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 81-87
August 3 reading
Psalms 81-87
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Psalm 84, Psalm 91:
David Legge
"Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!" (81:1)
* Psalm 83: A Prayer for Israel from the ACW flash shows
* Easy English Psalms: 81 - 82 - 83 - 84 - 85 - 86 - 87

Psalm 81: How joyfully and loud do I celebrate the Lord God? What burden have I told God about that He has removed from me? How have I seen and heard His answer? How do I resist honoring other gods? How are those who hate the Lord enemies of God's people?
Psalm 82: What are examples of being unjust? What kind of justice does God require of His people? What does God call all sons of the Most High? How many nations are under God's jurisdiction?
Psalm 83: Why did some people want Israel destroyed as a nation? What unites neighboring countries to plot against Israel? [Later, in Isaiah...]
Psalm 84: Do I ever yearn to be where the Lord is, to join in His presence with many others, praising Him? How is our life a pilgrimage, going from strength to strength as we draw nearer and nearer to God?
Psalm 85: Remember times when the Lord forgave his people of their sins and iniquity, and restored them in their land? Can the Lord be angry with His people and still love them? Will I be one who listens to what the Lord God will say, remembering His promises, and turning away from my own way?
Psalm 86: How different is this psalm of one who recognizes God from daily association with Him? What does he know about God? What is his relationship to God? Who will all nations worship some day? What is the "undivided heart" David asks God for? What shames God's enemies?
Psalm 87: What is so special about the mountain that Jerusalem (Zion) is on? What will people of Egypt, Babylon, and other countries say about Zion? Who will establish Zion?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 88-91
August 4 reading
Psalms 88-91
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Ps 89: How to Hang On... and * Letter to Ethan the Ezrahite..., D. Linden * Ps 91:11, Spurgeon

"O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you." (88:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 88 - 89 - 90 - 91

Psalm 88: Am I ever depressed because of trouble, death, feeling isolated, alone, silence from God, rejection, long term affliction? Is it too late to see God's wonders and praise Him? Am I in something like "time out" isolation? Do I keep crying my prayer to the Lord?
Psalm 89: Is God's great love and faithfulness to be known and praised only among the generation that experiences it? When God promised to establish David's throne for ever, was that possible the way men expected it to happen? Am I encouraged by reciting and hearing God's promises? Who are blessed, and how? How are God's promises to David also promises to the Messiah? How did Israel reject both David and later the Messiah? How would the Messiah also experience the anger and rejection of the Lord God?
Psalm 90: How has the Lord been our dwelling place throughout all generations? How does man's relationship with God go beyond physical, mortality, and time? How is God's relationship with people relevant through each generation? Does God see our secret sins as well as our deeds? How does He respond to them? Why ask God to teach us to number our days aright? Do we see God's deeds? (Example: a nearly impossible rescue at sea.) How do I respond to them? What hope do we have?
Psalm 91: How does where I feel most at home and safe spiritually change my attitude about terror, danger, pestilence, plague, and war around me? What is a worst harm than these things that could happen to me if I stop loving God? What promises does God make to those who live continuing to love Him?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 92-100
August 5 reading
Psalms 92-100
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Psalms overview,
Luther Seminary
"It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night" (92:1-2)
* Easy English Psalms: 92 - 93 - 94 - 95 - 96 - 97 - 98 - 99 - 100

Psalm 92: What causes some people to sing praises to God privately and publicly? How can I see what God is doing and get more familiar with His thoughts? Is the Lord in danger of His enemies? Does age make old people less fruitful?
Psalm 93: How does eternity apply to the Lord? How stable is the Lord's house?
Psalm 94: Why is God's wrath right and just? Why does God's silence cause some to seek Him, while others think He's blind or indifferent to their actions and behavior? Can His enemies change their minds about the Lord? Is discipline a positive or negative thing? When will the Lord reject His people? Do I take a stand against evildoers? Who will help me do that? Does a righteous country have laws that condemn the innocent to death?
Psalm 95: Do I recognize God as the great King, above all other powers? If so, why? How do I respond to the Lord, our maker? Have I learned to quote the Lord, to incorporate His words into my praise of Him? If I hear His voice, do I listen or reject the thought that I could be hearing the Lord?
Psalm 96: Can I make up my own songs to sing or speak to God? Does the god of any other religion claim to be the Creator of the heavens and the earth? Do I worship the Lord for His holiness, glory, and strength? How often do I praise the Lord for things He promises to do in the future?
Psalm 97: Am I learning to know the Lord and His ways better and better? Does a crisis on earth threaten the Lord? Can those who worship someone or something else turn from them, come to the Lord God, and change their response to Him? Can they accept just judgments and hate wicked evil? Can they become righteous, and rejoice in the Lord?
Psalm 98: Should we always sing the same songs to God? Should we be very quiet in worship? Does the physical world acknowledge God? How will the Lord judge the world? What is righteousness?
Psalm 99: How am I doing in praising God? How am I doing in knowing God? What effect has the Lord had on me? How am I doing in worshiping God? How am I doing in obeying and serving God? Is the Lord God forgiving, even if He punishes my misdeeds? Do I value and exalt in His holiness?
Psalm 100: Why does the Lord God bring out joy, worship, gladness, and songs from His people? What is my relationship with Him? Why do I greet Him with thanks and praise?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 101-104
August 6 reading
Psalms 101-104
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books
* Downfall of the Enemy (Ps 104)
"I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise." (101:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 101 - 102 - 103 - 104

Psalm 101: How does singing scripture help me apply the Lord's discipline to my life? What is my part for participating with God to live a blameless, holy life? How does this psalm apply to the promised Messiah (Christ)?
Psalm 102: When I feel awful, maybe even dying, how do I remember God? What examples of mortality does this psalm give? How does it describe the Lord's immortality? Who does God help? (HINT: not those who help themselves.) What were the people of Israel told to watch for the Lord doing in a future generation? Where would the people be released from their condemnation? How long a life would the Messiah live? How will he deal with mortality and immortality?
Psalm 103: What are some benefits the Lord God is known to offer? How has the Lord combined his strange deeds, love, discipline, and forgiveness to instruct his people since the time of Moses? How does the Lord contrast mortality and immortality? How do people get God's love and righteousness in their own lives? Is this offer only for the Jews of Israel? Wow!
Psalm 104: What went on during the Lord's creation of the universe and of the planet Earth? What covered everything for a long time, even the mountains? Who assigned order to all the processes and living things on Earth? Who planned various ways mankind and animals would get their food? How does he describe mortality and death? What part does the Spirit have in creation? How does man respond to the Lord God?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 105-106
August 7 reading
Psalms 105-106
More on Psalms
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* Psalms subject index and
* Psalms related websites
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts." (105:1-2)
* Easy English Psalms: 105: Israel in Egypt - 106: The Lord is GOOD!

Psalm 105: How does learning and remembering what the Lord has done in the past keep me thankful to him and determined to stay in contact with him? What is my personal relationship with the Lord? What characteristics does he have? What covenant does he always remember? What happened to the people of Israel in Egypt and later under Moses? What is the end result of rebelling against the Lord and his plans? Why are people so happy and thankful after they leave things that have enslaved them? How loyal am I to the Lord's ways?
Psalm 106: What does maintaining justice mean? Do I have to be a judge or lawyer to practice justice? What is strong enough to save us from our sin? How is this proven in history? Why is it so important to remember what the Lord has done in the past? Why isn't envy the way to the Lord? Why isn't idolatry the way to the Lord? Why didn't Israel always succeed in battle? Why does the Lord scatter his people throughout the world? Is righteousness something we earn or have credited to us? What happens when people quarrel with the Lord about providing for them? Is disobedience the way to righteousness? What happened when the Lord's people started obeying customs he hadn't taught them? How does the Lord respond to disobedience? Does the Lord only give his people one chance to be rescued? What response does he want from his people?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 107-111
August 8 reading
Psalms 107-111
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* Psalm 2 and Psalm 110,
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say this - those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south." (107:1-3)
* Easy English Psalms: 107 - 108 - 109 - 110 - 111

Psalm 107: From what have I been redeemed? What do redeemed people say to the Lord? When I'm in trouble, is the Lord my last resort? Why can I praise God even before my trouble has been solved? Is the Lord available to hear people who live in the desert? Is the Lord available to hear people whose earlier rebellion imprisoned them? What are some results of rebellion against the Lord? Is the Lord available to people whose rebellion led to sickness? Is the Lord available to merchants in trouble on the high seas? How does the Lord bring about change? What humbles us? How does all these examples show the Lord's great love?
Psalm 108: How do my first personal thoughts each day praise the Lord? How am I able to praise and sing to the Lord among people from all nations? How do I find ways to talk of the Lord's love and faithfulness to other people? How do I exalt the Lord and pray for his glory to increase worldwide? How do I pray with others so believers worldwide will be saved and helped? How does the Lord show his rejection? Whose help against an enemy force is worthless? What will happen to our enemies?
Psalm 109: Why do enemies of the Lord also hate me in return for my friendship? How does this psalm show that the Messiah would be greatly opposed? What info from this psalm did the first apostles of Jesus use to replace Judas? Have I ever known enemies like "him" described here? How do I keep praising the Lord while having accusers curse me? How are the poor and needy blessed when they don't have much food or things to sustain themselves?
Psalm 110: How close is the Messiah to the Lord God of Israel? Did Jesus know he would have enemies? Am I training to be a troop for the Lord's day of battle? How was the Messiah to be a priest like Melchizedek? Who will he crush, and who will he judge? Where will he find something to drink for refreshment?
Psalm 111: What can we do together in group worship of the Lord? What do the works of the Lord mean to me? What works are listed here? How can it be just to take the lands of other nations? Since the Lord thinks and acts differently than men, what a gift to read about them, think about them, and delight in them! How does understanding life from the Lord's unique point of view, open up wisdom to us?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 112-119:24
August 9 reading
Psalms 112-119:24
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* Los Angeles J.C.C. Shootings (Ps 118)
"Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands." (112:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 112 - 113 - 114 - 115 - 116 - 117 - 118 - 119

Psalm 112: Besides opening up wisdom, what does fearing the Lord mean? Will a righteous person retain righteousness after his death? Why won't bad news shake up a righteous person? What will determine if a person is generous and just each day? How does this psalm also describe Jesus, the Messiah?
Psalm 113: What describes in this psalm how the Lord is no respecter of persons? How can a barren woman be a happy mother of children? And when she is, who gets praised?
Psalm 114: When Israel came out of Egypt, what were some examples of unusual signs caused by the presence of the Lord toward the sea, the Jordan river, the mountains, the rock that Moses struck?
Psalm 115: Who gets the glory for the Lord's love and faithfulness? When someone wants to see where my Lord is, what do I tell him? What is the evidence that the Lord God is in heaven, and not earthbound? What happens to people who make and trust in their own visable idols on Earth? What do the dead do? Who praises the Lord?
Psalm 116: Knowing that the Lord has heard me once, how long will I continue calling on him? If my life is a mess, all tangled up like I'm drowning, who can I call for help? What is the Lord like? Do I believe the Lord tells the truth and has delivered my soul from death, despite evidence to the contrary? Do I praise the Lord whether I live or die as one of his saints?
Psalm 117: Why is urging people to praise the Lord's love and faithfulness in all nations and among all groups of people a great enough message for this psalm? Does anything last forever?
Psalm 118: What else lasts forever? If the Lord loves me, will he let me suffer in anguish? So long as the Lord is with me, can man really defeat me? In whose name am I living and fighting? What is the importance of singing and acknowledging the Lord? Why do the righteous talk so much about the Lord in public? Is punishment the same thing as death? What does this psalm say about the Messiah? Is there blessing in doing what I do all in the name of the Lord?
Psalm 119 (to v24): What other examples are there of people who are blessed? What are some ways a young man can keep his way pure? What makes me really, really happy? What makes me a stranger on Earth? What can I do when people lie about me? Why not be arrogant? How does the Lord guide me?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 119:25-119:128
August 10 reading
Psalms 119:25-119:128
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* Types of Psalms chart,
"I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. I recounted my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees." (119:25-26)
* Easy English Psalms: 119

Psalm 119:25-128 What benefits does the Lord offer me when I'm laid low and weary with sorrow, even though I have chosen the way of truth? Why call God's commands a "path"? If I make the same requests the psalmist makes of the Lord, how can His answer help preserve my life? How does obeying God give me freedom? Is it possible for me to learn, understand, use, and discuss the Lord's word? When I'm mocked for believing and hoping in God, what can I remember for comfort? What do I do with all my heart? Why am I so thankful to God, even when I wake up in the middle of the night and praise him? How many ways can I affirm the difference between the Lord and me? What difference is there between one who loves the Lord and one who arrogantly lies about others? What good is affliction to one who loves the Lord? Can I understand the Bible without God's help? Do others recognize certain principles in my life that are there because I love the Lord? If I'm persecuted almost to death by the arrogant because I follow the Lord's way, will I give up or keep on? What things about the Lord last forever, and how does knowing that they are eternal give me confidence that God will preserve my life? When the wicked are plotting ways to destroy me, what ways does the Lord want ME thinking about? How long will I have enemies? What approaches can I take with scripture to keep getting wiser about the Lord's law, His way? Why is it so important for the Lord to teach his way to people who want the training? Is God's training program easy and painless? What does God do to people who don't follow his ways and claim they do? Does the Lord act quickly when his law is broken?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 119:129-127:5
August 11 reading
Psalms 119:129-127:5
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* Tackling Psalms,
* Guzik commentaries
"Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple." (119:129-130)
* Easy English Psalms: 119 - 120 - 121 - 122 - 123 - 124 - 125 - 126 - 127

Psalm 119:129-176 How can I "unfold" the Lord's words? Why do people who love the Lord's name and ask for direction still need his mercy and redemption? Why does seeing others break God's law break my heart? When the psalmist says God's promises have been thoroughly tested, does that mean his promises keep trouble and distress away from me? What can a servant expect? Does meditating on God's word immediately help me, or do I also cry to him for help? How do I know the Lord is near me when I can't see him or I haven't been rescued yet? Why is salvation far from the wicked? Does the Lord define "wicked" the same way people do? What good news does the psalmist find in the Lord's promise that makes him rejoice? Will I praise the Lord and sing of his word? How can I have strayed like a lost sheep and yet not have forgotten the Lord's commands? Will he come looking for me?
Psalm 120: What is it about being lied about that makes me contact the Lord?
Psalm 121: Where does my help come from? How much of the time is the Lord asleep? Who does He watch over?
Psalm 122: Do I obey the statute to praise the Lord? What should I say when I pray for the peace of Jerusalem?
Psalm 123: When I look to God for mercy, how am I like a slave or a maid?
Psalm 124: What would have happened to Israel if the Lord had not been on their side? Who was stronger?
Psalm 125: How does believing in something eternal strengthen my trust in the Lord? Who surrounds his people, now and always? What will happen to the evildoers?
Psalm 126: What happened to the people of Judah who wept as they went into captivity? What later made them laugh again?
Psalm 127: What am I capable of doing without relying upon God? How is a man with several children blessed, when it comes to getting justice?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 128-137
August 12 reading
Psalms 128-137
More on Psalms
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Captives in Iran Update (praying Psalms 130, 121, 20, 120, 142)
"Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways." (128:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 128 - 129 - 130 - 131 - 132 - 133 - 134 - 135 - 136 - 137

Psalm 128: What blessings come to someone who fears and respects the Lord?
Psalm 129: Does oppression automatically defeat me? Why shouldn't I bless those who hate Israel?
Psalm 130: Why fear God? Why wait for the Lord in hope? Who has redeemed Israel from all their sins?
Psalm 131: What is better than the pride of being self-reliant? How is my soul like a weaned child with its mother?
Psalm 132: What is so special about Jerusalem (Zion)? Why was Israel warned not to reject the annointed one of God? What relationship was David to that annointed Messiah? What else does this psalm say about the Messiah? Would the Christ's enemies completely defeat him?
Psalm 133: What benefits are there for people to live together as brothers in unity? What promised blessing comes from Mount Zion (Jerusalem)?
Psalm 134: What did the blessed priests on the overnight shift do in the sanctuary late at night?
Psalm 135: How does the psalmist prove that our Lord is greater than all gods? How do people who make their own god idols to trust in become like what they worship? What's the difference between the Lord and handmade idols?
Psalm 136: How did God create the heavens? What are some characteristics of the Lord? How long will his love last?
Psalm 137: Why did God's people weep when the Babylonians wanted to hear a selection of joyful songs from Zion? Why would the destroyed city of Jerusalem still be the psalmist's highest joy? If the same thing happened to Babylonia that the Babylonians had done to the Lord's people, what would that be?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 138-143
August 13 reading
Psalms 138-143
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* Psalm 138:1-3 and * Psalm 143:9,
Spurgeon's Study Notes
"I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; before the "gods" I will sing your praise." (138:1)
* Easy English Psalms: 138 - 139 - 140 - 141 - 142 - 143

Psalm 138: What two things do I praise the Lord's name for, no matter what my situation is? What has the Lord exalted over everything else? What happens when the Lord answers me? How do hearing and singing go together? How is the Lord high and close at the same time? Why does the Lord help me through times of trouble?
Psalm 139: How intimate a relationship does the Lord have with me? Does God have night vision? How involved was he with creating me in my mother's womb, even when I was an unformed body? How was I made? How long will I live? Are God's thoughts precious to me? Is it his plan to only let righteous people live? What 4 things does this psalm ask the Lord to do as He searches me?
Psalm 140: What kinds of actions identify evil people? What benefit is there in knowing God is my Lord while I stand up against the wicked? Even though the Lord's plan isn't to eliminate enemies, what can we ask him to do? What about the poor and needy?
Psalm 141: Why ask for help from the Lord to guard what I say and what I feel about evil? How can I recognize the difference between discipline from righteous people and punishment from evildoers? Who should I keep watching? When I'm in danger of death from snares and traps of evil, how can I get help and safety?
Psalm 142: To whom can I complain and tell my troubles? When I'm in such trouble and so poor and alone that my life is threatened and I feel trapped, what can I do? Who will come to me because of the Lord's goodness to me?
Psalm 143: Knowing that no one is righteous before the Lord, how often do I cry for his faithfulness and righteousness to have mercy - not judgment - on me? What can I do to learn to know the Lord, before I'm in trouble? Why can I trust and expect the Lord to show me, rescue me, teach me, lead me, and save me?

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."

Psalms 144-150
August 14 reading
Psalms 144-150
More on Psalms
Dictionary and Books * Space Prayer (Ps 145)
* When is Messiah Coming? (Ps 147)
"Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. ... O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him?" (144:1,3)
* Easy English Psalms: 144 - 145 - 146 - 147 - 148 - 149 - 150

Psalms 144 through 150 dig deep into why - and how - to praise the Lord. Right now we see spiritual things dimly, but we know that one day we will see the Lord face to face. In the meantime, we see the Lord by the results of His actions. During our lifetime, one of our great privileges is to learn to praise the Lord God Almighty as well and as often as possible. It's called worship, and it doesn't come naturally.

Psalm 144: Who trains me for war and battles? What is it about man that the Lord cares for and thinks about him? What is one difference between man and God? How are mighty waters like lying foreigners? What can I give my God who delivers and rescues me? Which people are blessed?
Psalm 145: Shall I wait for heaven to start praising and exalting the Lord God? When someone from an older generation tells me about the Lord's works, what things will I do?
Psalm 146: What is habitual praise? What's wrong with trusting in mortal men for saving us? Does God ignore you if you're oppressed, hungry, imprisoned, blind, weak, orphaned, or widowed?
Psalm 147: What are some more praiseworthy things God does? How does God define power? What does fearing God mean? What's so unique about Israel and Jerusalem?
Psalm 148: Who praises God, and from where? What is God's reward from His creation? What does His word and His name have to do with creation?
Psalm 149: How do we praise, extol, rejoice in, be glad about, and sing and dance to the Lord? What delights the Lord? What does this have to do with spiritual warfare (144), vengeance, punishment, binding kings, carrying out God's sentence on nations? How is praise warfare?
Psalm 150: Where is God praised? Why is He praised? How is He praised? What's in the orchestra praising Him? Who is praising the Lord?

Tomorrow's Reading (August 15): Matthew 1-4
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