Breathe a Psalm a Day

Luke Nelson

3 September 2020


The Book of Psalms is a unique and precious gift for God’s people.

Written thousands of years ago, the Psalms have been sung and prayed throughout the ages. Both memorable and mysterious, they journey with us through every stage of life, shaping the faith of children and informing the wise.

Within the Psalms we find the full range of human emotion: joy and despair; praise and pleading; thankfulness and lament. Together, they give us a language with which we can approach God in every season and circumstance of life. To quote Tim Keller:

‘Psalms anticipate and train you for every possible spiritual, social, and emotional condition – they show you what the dangers are, what you should keep in mind, what your attitude should be, how to talk to God about it, and how to get from God the help you need.’

We turn to the Psalms now, looking to BREATHE.

Amidst the madness of 2020, we breathe in God’s promises, looking for sustenance and calm – and we breathe out our praises, finding in his comfort a reason for joy and hope.


To help you experience the breadth and depth of the Psalms, we’ve set up a ‘Psalm a day’ bible reading plan. Each week you’ll find five Psalms that match the theme from the Sunday service, so you can explore it further. On the weekend, consider taking the time to respond for yourself, with your own personal reflections, some art, or your own Psalm.

For the auditory learners out there we've also recorded audio readings of each of the passages for you to listen to. You can download these below along with a printable PDF of the passage breakdown for the series.

> Download PDF breakdown

> Download audio readings

Luke Nelson

Luke is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne West. He joined City on a Hill in its early days, serving as the Community Pastor in Melbourne, before being asked to lead a new church plant. Having grown up in Melbourne’s western suburbs, he has a deep knowledge of and passion for the area, and a great desire to see the gospel bring transformation. A gifted communicator, he loves the work of pastoring a church, opening God’s word each week and seeing the Spirit work. Luke graduated with a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University, has a Grad Dip in Divinity and a Masters of Ministry from Ridley College. He is an ordained Anglican minister in the Diocese of Melbourne.