When I was a girl I used to wonder about the psalms. They seemed so depressing! Now that I’ve lived a few more years, I think I better understand why the psalms are so precious and why we love them so much.
The psalms were written in real-life situations. They touch every area of our lives, every sort of situation, every kind of emotion, and they give us words to say to God about all those things.
I love Timothy Keller’s description of the Psalms as “a medicine chest for the heart.” That’s an image I can readily relate to.
It was the book of Psalms that I turned to when I hit the rock bottom days of parenting little ones, and when I realized I was trying to live life divorced from the comfort and truths of God’s Word.
I opened the Bible, longing to be renewed and strengthened, and found that the Psalms spoke to me and for me, and nourished my soul.
The Psalms are meant to be done.
We’re going to do them in this study.
We won’t just read them.
We’re going to spend a month immersed in the psalms, breathing them out as prayers and breathing them in as the air our souls so desperately need. We’ll pray them, and as we do, we’ll paraphrase them, copy them, illustrate them, sing them, recite them, and listen to them.
We’ll climb inside them and at the same time allow them to work their way into us, changing us and the way we interact with God, His Word, and the circumstances of our lives.
If you’ve struggled with a consistent prayer life, it will help you to pray the Psalms. They’ve been the prayer book of Christians for centuries. They teach us how to pray, and help us pray.
If you’re discouraged or disoriented or overwhelmed by your emotions or your circumstances, you need the words of the Psalms to pray. They were written by people with the same sorts of feelings, crying out to God. You’ll see God as He is and not as how you wish or imagine Him to be. And you’ll see yourself in relationship to Him
This will be an easier study than many on Mamas Refill. We’ll focus on one psalm each day, grabbing hold of it and really praying it and meditating on it.
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