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Using Psalms for Your Daily Devotions


using psalms for daily devotions,thanksgiving,precept minstries,inductive bible study,kay arthurWhat are you using for your daily devotions?

Most of us have a favorite daily devotional book we like to use to focus our hearts and minds on the Lord at either the start or finish of our day. Oswald Chambers’ “My Upmost For His Highest” is a classic as is “Morning and Evening” by Spurgeon. 

One of my personal favorites is the book of Psalms.  Now, I am not trying to be hyper-spiritual, or argue that the Bible is the only book you need. But using the Psalms for your daily devotions, along with a few simple inductive study techniques, will draw your attention to God in a way no other book can.  They are, after all, inspired.


inductive Bible study, Precept Ministries, Kay Arthur, David Arthur

Psalms for your daily devotions?

How would that work?

  • Read the Psalm.
  • Mark each reference to God with a triangle.
  • List in your journal what you learn about God.
  • Meditate on what you’ve learned.

Let me illustrate.

Below is Psalm 100. Start with prayer, asking God to teach you about Himself. Then read Psalm 100, paying special attention to each reference to God.

Psalm 100

A Psalm for Thanksgiving.

1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.

3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

Now, in your journal, list what you learn about God. Using your Bible instead of this blog post you would do this by looking at each place you marked God and asking yourself what you learn about Him from the verse.

We don’t learn anything about God in verses 1 or 2. In these two verses we see what our response should be to Him, but not anything about Him. So, starting in verse 3, your list might look something like this:

  • the Lord Himself is God
  • it is He who made us
  • we are His people, His sheep
  • His gates are to be entered with thanksgiving
  • His courts are to be entered with praise
  • the Lord is good
  • His lovingkindness is everlasting
  • His faithfulness is to all generations

Take a few minutes and meditate on what you have listed about God. As you are meditating you might ask yourself "How should knowing these truths about God be applied in my life?"

Wrap it up

The process may be simple, but the results are amazing. Imagine how your passion for God would grow if you studied all 150 Psalms this way. We would like to offer you some great resources to help you in your spiritual journey.


Find Psalms Resources


David Lawson has been involved with Precept Ministries since 1981, first as a student, then as a leader, and later as a Trainer. On staff with Precept he has served as Co-Director of Transform Student Ministries, as an author of various Bible studies, a featured teacher on several Precept videos and currently is working in Social Media. David is passionate about helping people learn to study the Word of God for themselves. He firmly believes the Word of God is what the Spirit of God uses more than anything else to mature the children of God.


Thank you. Within minutes of asking God to give me a place to begin in His word, this link appeared in my facebook newsfeed. Looking forward to discovering more of Him in the Psalm!
Posted @ Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:42 PM by Vicky
Go God!
Posted @ Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:18 PM by David Lawson
LOVE this - I'll be sharing this on my blog thanks for posting it!
Posted @ Tuesday, May 22, 2012 3:05 PM by Shelley
You are welcome Shelly.Thanks for the note.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:17 AM by David Lawson
Thank you! Great idea! Do you have a suggestion of how to do a daily devotion with Proverbs as well?
Posted @ Wednesday, May 23, 2012 1:16 PM by Katie
I am working on that suggestion right now. Maybe by the end of the week we will post something on using Proverbs for a daily devotional.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:03 PM by
This is just what I'm looking for. 
Thank you.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:06 PM by Roberta
Isn't it funny how God works. i was just praying for direction in what book to read as a devotional and then i see this post and have the book. so tonight i begin thanks Kay you are an encouragement to all.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:11 PM by joanna swartout
Love psalms
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:22 PM by sharon
I've been reading through Psalms this week and making a list of "Things God Values" from what I'm learning in the text. I've only gotten through Psalm 41 so I've got a ways to go. Great post!
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:28 PM by Susannah
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:55 PM by clara
Ive been doing a psalm 
A day, especially on breaks between Bible studies. On Jan 1 I do psalm 1 and so forth, starting over when I get to 150. In my journal this year I rewrite the psalm as a love letter from God, from Jis pov about Himself etc.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:09 PM by Pam Erselius
Thanks, David. I read a portion of Psalms daily but I am encouraged with your method of studying them.
Posted @ Friday, April 12, 2013 6:22 PM by Dorothy Malone
In the past I've read a Proverb a day, but never thought of doing this with Psalms. My Sunday School class has been going through Psalms with the theme of trust, but this will greatly add to my personal study. Thanks for sharing!
Posted @ Saturday, April 13, 2013 9:55 AM by Sharon Stork
So simple -- works so well. Thanks for a timely suggestion
Posted @ Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:09 PM by Lisa
I love this suggestion! Nothing but the word of God to interpret His word for me and to me.
Posted @ Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:21 PM by Cynthia
just did ps 3 today using this.. wonderful. 
The Lord is a shield 
The Lord is my glory 
The Lord lifts my head high 
The Lord answers  
The Lord sustains me 
The Lord wakes me 
The Lord delivers me 
The Lord blesses me 
Posted @ Monday, April 15, 2013 4:10 PM by amy
great post thank you! Any Proverbs recommedation
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:35 PM by shanee
Shanee, try this link:
Posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:07 AM by Precept Team
I love psalms especially 91st
Posted @ Saturday, November 16, 2013 1:01 PM by Evelyn
Good info
Posted @ Saturday, November 16, 2013 5:58 PM by Carol Buss
As I listened to my Pastor preach today I realized I wanted help in my prayer life. I no longer want to pray the way I pray, I need my time with God to be different. His sermon by divine intervention was on praying the Psalm. I want to use God's word to speak to God. So finding your blog truly blessed me thanks.
Posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 10:38 AM by Laverne
What a 'coincidence' - I am an online ministry student at Victory University - and the Psalms is my study chapter in the Old Testament this week. My youngest daughter Divina was diagnosed with breast cancer and began chemo yesterday. Please pray for her. Thank you.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:47 AM by Suzanne Bardin
Love this !
Posted @ Monday, February 03, 2014 10:19 AM by Catherine Brajdic
We will be praying for Divina. Please let us know how it is going and any other specific ways to pray.  
David Lawson
Posted @ Monday, February 03, 2014 10:35 AM by Precept Team
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