Praying the Psalms

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Praying the Psalms

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Praying the Psalms

Read Psalm 42

 

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4 (NRSV)

 

Over the years I have read all of the Psalms more than once. Initially, my interest was that they are poetry. I Like the meter and the wonderful descriptive phrases. But the archaic words and descriptions did very little for me spiritually. Psalm 23 and Psalm 42 are two exceptions and they have been favorites for many years.

It wasn’t until I began to help lead a study on the Psalms, and particularly when the study suggested praying the Psalms, that I began to look at them differently. The Psalms are largely metaphorical and describe a world much different than our modern day world. A barrier, I suspect, to some people. Yet I do relate to the emotions, the hopes, fears, longings and the authors reliance on God.

For example, Psalm 42 describes the same longing to know God that I have. In that respect the Psalms are as meaningful today as they were the day they were written more than two thousand years ago. They speak to the human condition and they speak to the human heart.

Because they cover the entire spectrum of human emotion and human experience it is likely there are multiple Psalms that relate to what ever one is experiencing in the present.

Some Psalms do not resonate with me but enough do that I find it worth reading all of them. Our walk through life is an ever changing walk, so a Psalm that doesn’t touch us today may be just what we need tomorrow.

 

Prayer:  As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you O God.  Psalm42:1 (NRSV). Amen.

 

Thought for today:  God can satisfy the longings of every heart?

 

Prayer Focus:  Those who do not know Jesus as savior and Lord.

 

Jeff Dimick

APRIL 2015

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