Praying the Psalms
The psalms are excellent expressions of the attributes and nature of God. The psalms are not often used in preaching or even in teaching; we tend to focus on the other books of the Bible for that. However, that doesn’t diminish the importance of the psalms. Perhaps one of the psalms greatest strengths is the ability to use them as prayers of worship back to God. In Psalm 18 we read this in the beginning: I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
Yesterday I wrote about how God’s words are pure and valuable and endure forever. So, if God is our rock, fortress, deliverer and strength, in whom we can trust, then we should remind ourselves of that on a fairly regular basis. We can trust in Him to take care of us, even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. But if we don’t pray and if we don’t put these words in the forefront of our minds, we will more than likely not think of God this way. We will more than likely make poor decisions out of fear or insecurity. Take time to read the psalms and then pray them back to God.