Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 3)

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“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable in your sight,

Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

~ Psalm 19:14

I have heard a saying that goes something like this: “You’re either moving into a storm, in the midst of a storm, or coming out of a storm.”  I have found that this is certainly true in my own life.  I believe this is why God has given us the book of Psalms!  Are you in the midst of good times?  There is a Psalmic hymn to sing, a psalm of confidence to pray, and a psalm of wisdom as a reminder of God’s faithfulness.  Going through a difficult time?  Read and pray a lament or an imprecatory psalm (We’ll talk about these one next week).  Coming out of a rough situation?  There is a Psalm of thanksgiving to sing, A Psalm of remembrance to pray, and a kingship Psalm that helps us to rest in Christ as our ruler, defender, and sovereign God.

This week, we are praying together Psalm 19; a wisdom Psalm.  Wisdom Psalms help us to recount the sovereignty of God and His faithfulness.  They usually remind us to keep God’s law and to remember the great things He has done.  This Psalm specifically deals with the Lord as Creator and ruler who has established his rule through the law.  With this in mind, we are to look forward to Christ.  The law did for believers in the Old Testament what Christ does for us today: He restores, heals, gives life, keeps one on the right way, gives joy, brings light and knowledge, and He does not change.  Let’s remember these things as we pray.

*As a reminder (I’ll say this every week), When praying a Psalm, I will state the scripture back to God in the form of a prayer.  I would encourage you to read the whole Psalm for yourself.  Soak in its truth, then pray it back to the Lord.  Below, you will find my prayer to the Lord based on the reading in Psalm 19.  You may read and pray my prayer with me, or use my prayer below as a format to discover how to pray the Psalms for yourself. 

Join me as I pray:

Jesus, You are a great and awesome God!  I look to sky and see your handiwork.  You are the creator and sustainer of all things, and you have made all things good.  Day to day and evening by evening, the Sun in all of its glory is only a small reality of your splendor and goodness.  All of your creation echoes the amazing splendor of your beauty and majesty.  You are The Lord, and you are greatly to be praised! (vv.1-6)

Lord, your Word is perfect, and in it we find wisdom.  It revives my soul (v.6).  It causes me to rejoice and enlightens me (v.7).  Lord you are holy, your majesty endures forever, and your righteousness is everlasting (v.8).  Help me to long for and to desire your truth found in your Holy Word, especially in a society and culture that despises it.  I pray that you will be my portion each and every day, and that as long as I live I will desire to follow Christ, the Word made flesh, in obedience to all that He has commanded (vv.10-11).  Help me, Lord, to know and to understand your Word.  Help me to follow You in obedience, not moving to the left or the right, but walking in the light of your truth and faithfully serving you with everything I do. 

Lord, forgive me for my sin against you, even those sins that I’m not aware of.  Your word says that healing can be found in confession (James 5:16), so I lay them at your feet now (v.12).  Help me to flee from temptation, Father, and loosen the binds of sin in my life.  Let me now and forever more be kept to walk in your ways.  You are Holy and good! (v.13).  I humbly pray as you have written, “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (v.14)

Be Encouraged!

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Pastor Chris Ridler

Pastor Chris is married to his beautiful wife Becky and has a precious son named Noah. Chris received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University and is currently working on his Master’s of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. Chris has served in full time ministry for over 13 years – as either a Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor or House Parent and is passionate about seeing people grow in their walk with Christ and disciple others for the glory of God’s kingdom.

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