We’re about halfway through the month now. How are you keeping up with the monthly Psalter? Now that it’s the 15th, we’re at Psalms 75-77 this morning and the massive Psalm 78 this evening.
If you’re making a special point of praying all the Psalms this month and catching up on the backlog if you miss an Office, consider making use of Midday Prayer and Compline. Although they have their own recommended Psalms, there’s no shame in swapping out those for the Morning & Evening Psalms that you missed! You could even plan ahead – if you know you’ll be out and busy one evening, you could shift over some of those evening Psalms into the Midday Office and perhaps save some for Compline at bedtime.
This evening, though, you’ve got Psalm 78 to contend with – the longest Psalm that is read in one go. If you feel the need to break it up, the first 39 verses comprise a decent unit of the Psalm, and verse 40 to the end is a good second “half.” It’s an historical psalm, to a large extent, so the overlapping stories of those two halves are mutually informative, so it doesn’t “ruin” the experience of Psalm 78 if you divide it in two that way. Like any other portion of Scripture, there is merit both in experiencing it in smaller pieces as well as in its entirety.