Quite a few years ago (it all begins to melt together like caramel on a hot day), our pastor recommended a simple Bible reading plan. Simple meaning easy to remember and manageable on any time budget.
Read: 1 Psalm and 1 Proverb each day.
To make it even easier, the Proverb you read will have the same number as the date. So, on September 22, you would read Proverbs 22. Of course, the Psalm schedule will require a bookmark, but you should manage to read through that lengthy songbook two times each year.
These books are ideal for a daily reading program because they meet so many spiritual needs. Proverbs was written by the wisest man to ever live, Solomon. He had plenty of admonitions about friendship, love, loyalty, lifestyle and other important facets useful for our daily lives. After reading this book through twelve times each year, some of the wise sayings start to stick in your head. Who would argue that having wisdom in your head is a bad thing?
I’ve begun reading a whole page in Psalms each day, since some of these songs (yes, actually sung by the Hebrews during temple worship) are so short. This amounts to 78 pages in my Bible, translating to a read-through of the book about four and one-half times each year.
If you listen to music at all, you know that music speaks to the soul in a way nothing else can. Think about how there is a song that expresses sadness, joy, love, anger or whatever else you’re feeling, and expresses it perfectly. Singing a happy song puts a smile on your face. Humming the sad song works like aloe on a burn.
Some people think this medicinal effect is about the tune, but most of the time it’s about the words. If it really is about the musical melody, sing Psalm 1 to the tune of “Mary had a Little Lamb.” Am I being facetious? Not really.
I’m convinced that the Bible has power to meet every need your spirit faces. I could make a list of two dozen metaphors or similes the Bible uses to describe its healing properties. It will mean more if you search them out for yourself.
I’ll be spending time talking about different challenges in the blog over the next 80 days while I’m doing “A Round of Words in 80 Days.” I challenge you to try this easy reading plan and see if it doesn’t turn your attitude toward the positive.