Skip to content

Read the Psalms every month

2008 September 8
by Tim V-B

In a recent sermon, a retired vicar spoke of his daily prayer as a curate.  At 7am an hour of silent, personal prayer; at 8am Morning Prayer (from the Book of Common Prayer); then at 9am a Communion Service.  This was the practice his training incumbent wanted him to do, although there was once when he found his boss asking if he was okay, having fallen asleep praying!

Anyway, this challenged me again to get disciplined in my prayer and Bible reading.  If one was to do Morning and Evening Prayer from the BCP one would read through the Psalms every month.  What a great idea!  As a monk, Luther would go through all the Psalms every week, and there’s a wonderful line as he describes the moment when he discovered the precious reality of justification: he goes through the psalms in his head! looking up the use of the word ‘righteousness’.  The repetition had made him memorise the psalms.

Adding to this, somewhere I read that it was the practice in the Early Post-Apostolic Church that those who were going to be ordained had to memorise the Psalms. (Don’t ask me when, where or how widespread the practice, I can’t remember.)  More recently, in one of the various Anglican splinter groups in America someone was being interviewed by a Bishop as part of the process of being selected for ordination.  His bishop asked him to go through the Psalms, one-by-one, explaining the basic message of each psalm.  After all, the Bishop reasoned, if you are going to be using the Word of God to pastor people, surely the Psalms are your key resource?  The candidate struggled through the first few psalms, but came back a year later having learned them all.

If you don’t want to carry a BCP around with you, not least because you want a modern translation of the Psalms, I have a spreadsheet showing what Psalms are to be read each day: here (as Excel spreadsheet) or here (as OpenDocument spreadsheet).

Day Morning Psalms Evening Psalms Whole Day
1 1-5 6-8 1-8
2 9-11 12-14 9-14
3 15-17 18 15-18
4 19-21 22-23 19-23
5 24-26 27-29 24-29
6 30-31 32-34 30-34
7 35-36 37 35-37
8 38-40 41-43 38-43
9 44-46 47-49 44-49
10 50-52 53-55 50-55
11 56-58 59-61 56-61
12 62-64 65-67 62-67
13 68 69-70 68-70
14 71-72 73-74 71-74
15 75-77 78 75-78
16 79-81 82-85 79-85
17 86-88 89 86-89
18 90-92 93-94 90-94
19 95-97 98-101 95-101
20 102-103 104 102-104
21 105 106 105-106
22 107 108-109 107-109
23 110-113 114-115 110-115
24 116-118 119:1-32 116-119:32
25 119:33-72 119:73-104 119:33-104
26 119:105-144 119:145-176 119:105-176
27 120-125 126-131 120-131
28 132-135 136-138 132-138
29 139-141 142-143 139-143
30 144-146 147-150 144-150
3 Responses
  1. October 20, 2008

    Have you stuck to this, Tim?

  2. admin permalink*
    October 25, 2008

    Right now I’m behind but I’m aiming to catch up before the end of the month. Well worth doing!

Trackbacks and Pingbacks

  1. Curate’s Chronicles » Blog Archive » Unleash the Bible in 2009

Comments are closed.