To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 31–33.
David wrote a hymn of praise and delivered it to the chief musician to put it to music (Psalm 31:0). While David had a huge problem and wanted God’s help, yet, listen to David’s emphasis. He began by telling the Lord that in Him David put his trust, therefore, he never wanted to be ashamed of that trust, but knew that God would deliver him in righteousness (Psalm 31:1). David wanted God to deliver him, because God was David’s rock of refuge and fortress of defense (Psalm 31:2). Then listen to what David said next,
For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
David spoke of himself, yes, but it was all for God’s name. To David, it was all about the Lord, and David’s own problems could be a way to magnify the Lord, and of course, David would find deliverance as well. Someone set a net for him and he knew that only God could save him from that trap (Psalm 31:4).
When you pray to God, especially about a problem, listen to your words and discover whether you are motivated selfishly or by God’s glory.