Using Psalms for Your Daily Devotions
What 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.
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.
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.
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.