Some time back, I started on a journey of slowly reading through the Psalms—only one a day in addition to my other devotional reading. But I say slowly so that “meditation” will have opportunity to “kick in.” We should not read just to be reading, or just to “cover ground.” What if you take a hike through the woods, or flowery fields just to see how much ground you can cover? How much you would miss of God’s beautiful creation! Each petal, each leaf, each flower, each tree has it’s story. Even nature created by God proclaims His glory!
But the Word of God, the Bible is of far more beauty than that of King Solomon’s gardens. Truly, the Bible is the Garden of God, or the Gardens of God. Breathtaking! Out of this world beauty! Amazing, soul-feeding and so very practical instruction no matter what century you live in!
This tiny booklet is to but whet your appetite to take such a journey yourself. I like to mark my Bible—wish I had marked it more through the years. So mark this up as you read.
The rest of this is pure scripture, without any comment. Pray the Holy Spirit to feed YOUR soul as you read. It contains three Psalms 111, 112, and 113.
Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
The words of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
His work is honorable and glorious: and His righteousness endureth forever.
He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
He hath given meat unto them that fear Him: He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
He hath showed His people the power of His works, that He may give them the heritage of the heathen.
The works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure.
They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
He sent redemption unto His people: He hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is His name.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endureth for ever.
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.
His seed shall be mighty upon the earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Unto the upright there ariseth light in darkness: he is gracious, full of compassion, and righteous.
A good man showeth favor and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth forever; his horn shall be exalted with honor.
The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised.
The LORD is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens.
Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
Who humbleth Himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill.
That He may set him with princes, even with the princes of His people.
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.