If I’m Honest…
Real Life in the Psalms
Often in important conversations, we say only 90% of what needs to be said. We worry about coming across as too forward, raw, or vulnerable. Will we be accepted? We often hesitate with God as well. But in the Psalms He invites us to say, “If I’m honest…” and complete the sentence, holding nothing back. In this series, we’ll discover how opening up to God, with all our hurts, faults, questions, and joys, is the key to experiencing real life in Him.
May 31 // Replanted (Psalm 1)
June 21 // Searched and Known (Psalm 139)
June 28 // Clothed with Splendor (Psalm 104)
July 5 // My Soul Thirsts (Psalm 42)
July 12 // A New Song (Psalm 40)
July 19 // An Unfailing Love (Psalm 51)
July 26 // Has God Forgotten? (Psalm 77)
August 2 // With All My Heart (Psalm 111)
August 9 // And None of Us Knows How Long This Will Be? (Psalm 74)
August 16 // Never Shaken (Psalm 15)
August 23 // The One Enthroned in Heaven Laughs (Psalm 2)
August 30 // My Soul Praises (Psalm 103)
September 6 // Unity (Psalm 133)
Psalms Reading Plan
Over the next few months, we’ll be using this 90 day reading plan from YouVersion to learn to pray the Psalms. Each day we will read a Psalm and then use the provided prompts to turn that Psalm into our prayer to God.
Learn more about the Psalms
As we explore different Psalms together this summer, you may find it interesting to learn more about the book as a whole, and learn more about how to incorporate the Psalms into your own personal time with God. Here are a few of our favorite recommendations:
- The Case for the Psalms by N.T. Wright
- God’s Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms by Ben Patterson
- Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer by Eugene Peterson
- Praying the Psalms by Walter Brueggeman
Overview of Psalms // Bible Project
The Bible Project has a great video on the overview and structure of the Psalms. This is a great starting place for learning more about the book as a whole!
The Art of Biblical Poetry // Bible Project
Poetry is a rich and artistic form of human communication, but often the most difficult to read. Check out this video from the Bible Project that explores the unique characteristics of biblical poetry. It will change the way you read the Psalms.
Psalms- The Language of Prayer (Exploring My Strange Bible, Episodes 35-38)
Tim Mackie, founder of The Bible Project, shares a 4-part podcast series on the book of Psalms. He talks about what the Psalms are, how we can use them in our own prayer life.