Ever been so befuddled about what to study from all that the Bible offers that you ended up not studying that day?
Ever been away from home where all your references and study materials are so you ended up waiting until you got back home?
Those have happened to me. And even though I know how critically important daily Bible study is, there have been too many days where I ended up doing none.
At Camp Hye Sierra this summer, staff and campers were given a simple plan that has since worked wonders for me. So I want to share it with you.
Remove the need to figure out something good to study. This plan makes it an automatic no-brainer!
Negate the need to have references and study materials handy. You will just open your Bible—first thing in your morning or at least early in your day—and
Read the Psalm and Proverbs corresponding to the day of the month
If it’s the 10th of the month, read Psalm 10 and Proverbs 10. By the end of the month you will have read all of the Proverbs.
Better yet, if you’d like to also read all the Psalms by the end of the month, just read the appropriate Psalm plus the ones 30, 60, 90 and 120 higher. So on the 10th of the month, you would read Psalms 10, 40, 70, 100 and 130. It won’t take that long except on the 29th of the month when you would end up reading Psalm 119.
According to tradition, King David wrote all of the 73 Psalms that bear his name,
plus all the Psalms that name no author (another thirty or so), and then collated the remaining ones written by others (Talmud, Bava Batra 14b).
So reading the Psalms daily is a great way to become a “man [or woman] after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22). That’s how you know you have the heart God wants! And you know His will by studying His testaments daily!
And you could do a lot worse than daily study sayings by the wisest man who ever lived. Solomon learned that “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all [the whole man]” (Eccles. 12:13).
The best benefit I have learned by trying this plan is that invariably your reading will serve as an appetizer to more you are eager to study!
Until next time,
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