I don’t recall exactly when I realized that I was missing the melody of the psalms in my daily life, but I decided to correct the situation by praying through the psalms. Now, twenty-something days into the practice, I’m grateful, because the practice of praying a psalm every day is opening up my line of communication with God in unexpected ways. In keeping with God’s great generosity, what began as a spiritual practice to become reacquainted with the psalms is blossoming into a routine of blessing that is enhancing my prayer life and my appreciation of God himself!
Pray a Psalm to Express Sorrow
On day twelve, Psalm 12 gave me words for a wordless sorrow that I carried into my prayer time. I had lit a candle [And full disclosure here, I had eaten the remaining dregs of a carton of ice cream in the freezer, because I was THAT sad!] and prayed over my concern, but it wasn’t until I read the day’s psalm that I knew how to express the sorrow:
Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone;Psalm 12:1, 2
for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;
with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.”
Let me first say that my particular sorrow had nothing to do with vanishing faithfulness or flattering lips, but three opening words turned my attention to the source of help and comfort. “Save, O Lord” in front of any need sounds like resolving a chord and feels in my spirit like hearing the rhyme come when I am singing a song.
“Save, O Lord” in front of any need sounds like resolving a chord and feels in my spirit like hearing the rhyme come when I am singing a song.Tweet
Pray a Psalm to Express Faith
Sometimes biblical writers lament the slowness of God to act, but Psalm 12 portrays God’s heart toward the discouraged psalmist and then records the writer’s faith-filled response:
‘…I will now arise,’ says the Lord;Psalm 12:5, 6
‘I will place him in the safety for which he longs.’
The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.”
Whatever sadness I may be carrying, God is tender toward it, and God is also the Tend-er of my soul. He administers help to his children, his sheep, according to his own wisdom and ways.
The day I opened to Psalm 12, he knew I was lamenting the sad process of illness and aging in some friends who were very sick and in decline. He knew that I needed the reminder of his power to rescue: “Save, O Lord!”
He knew, too, that my faith would be strengthened by praying back to him the truth about his eternal and ultimately valuable words.
Whatever your need is today, God wants to hear it. Frame your prayer around his all powerful impact on this world and his loving involvement in every detail of your sorrow.
What do you need to say, “Save, O Lord!” about today?
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Whatever sadness I may be carrying, God is tender toward it, and God is also the Tend-er of my soul. He administers help to his children, his sheep, according to his own wisdom and ways.Tweet
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