I’m actually in the process of reading through my Bible reading plan for today, and just had to comment on it. I’m reading through the Bible this year by using the Chronological reading plan at YouVersion. I’m really enjoying it. Right now, I’m reading through 1 Samuel, and the story of David fleeing from Saul. So far, the Chronological version has pretty much taken us through the Bible in order, except that Job must be one of the oldest books written, because it was very close to the beginning of our year.
Anyway, the neat thing now is that right in the middle of 1 Samuel, as we hear about different stories in the life of David, we are then reading the Psalms in chronological order. This makes them come alive even more, because you can see the context in David’s life in which he wrote that particular Psalm. They take on a whole new meaning when read in that way.
One of our Psalms for today was Psalm 27. David wrote this Psalm while he was fleeing from Saul, running for his life. Here’s an excerpt, using my favorite version, the New Living Translation (NLT):
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?2 When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.3 Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord —
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord ‘s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.6 Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music.
11 Teach me how to live, O Lord .
Lead me along the right path,
for my enemies are waiting for me.12 Do not let me fall into their hands.
For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
with every breath they threaten me with violence.13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord ‘s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.
14 Wait patiently for the Lord .
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord .
If you aren’t currently using any type of a reading plan, I’d really recommend trying this one out. The website makes it very clear and easy to use. I even have a reminder sent to me every day with a link to today’s reading.