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Scripture as Prayer: Praying the Psalms

Reflect on the issues of racial injustice by praying the Psalms, a book of the bible that explores the full range of human emotions.

Scripture as Prayer: Praying the Psalms

Reflect on the issues of racial injustice by praying the Psalms, a book of the bible that explores the full range of human emotions.


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Contributed by Beth Richardson

 

Psalms has been called the prayer book of the Bible in both Jewish and Christian traditions. It is a collection of sung prayers that has been used in worship from the time of ancient Israel up to the present. Because the psalms range so widely in emotional expression, from the heights of adoration and praise to the depths of vengeful curses against the enemy, they have special relevance to our prayer life. They teach us to hide nothing from God, but to bring all that is real into the only relationship that can bless the best and heal the worst in us.

No matter what we are feeling — distress, trust, anger or delight, we find the words of the psalms accompany us into God’s presence. … In the psalms we find words to express every conceivable human condition and feeling. These prayers give us words to glorify, confess, hope, ask, and even curse. In so doing, they give us permission to share our whole being with God.

Pick a topic that speaks to you today. Pray these psalms or portions of psalms as prayers to God, expressing honestly your deepest feelings:

ANXIOUS/AFRAID
• Psalm 70

ENVIOUS
• Psalm 73

DESPAIRING
• Psalm 77

SICK AND TIRED
• Psalm 6

GRATEFUL
• Psalm 9

CONTENTED
• Psalm 23

WRONGLY ACCUSED
• Psalm 17

AWED BY GOD
• Psalm 29

 

Beth Richardson is the managing editor of Weavings Journal and Alive Now magazine at The Upper Room and serves as a deacon at Edgehill United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN. This post was originally published here. Beth is the author of the forthcoming book (Spring 2016), Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings. 

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