Some of the greatest treasures in the Bible can be found in the book of Psalms. These 150 chapters are filled with the expression of the joy of faith. Some acknowledge the darker sides of life. Taken together, they are a compilation of the human experience of trusting in God. The authors mince no words as they deal with living in faith, even as they clearly deal with troubled times of life.
In all likelihood, they were originally sung like hymns. Such a structure not only makes each Psalm memorable, but memorizable. To this day, psalms are a mainstay of worship, sometimes adapted to be even more memorizable as hymns. If you’re wanting to read some scripture, but don’t know where to start, the Psalms are a good choice.
At one point in my life, the Psalms that I’d memorized became the mainstay of my hope and well-being as I faced serious medical problems. I’ve personally experienced the power of the Word in my heart when I most needed its strength.
You don’t need to approach the psalms as a whole. Read here and there in the Book of Psalms to see just how they touch your own life issues. Then memorize a few of them so that they’ll always be with you, no matter where you are, or what you’re facing.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:10-12