Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 5)

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“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in His Word I hope.”

~ Psalm 130:5

The Psalms are written so that we would have a song of praise in every situation and season of life.  Even in the dark times of life, we can look to the laments of the Psalms and find that even in our distress, we can have hope.  Almost 1/3 of the Psalms are either personal laments (an individual wrestling with life or circumstances) or communal laments (laments about Israel’s plight or circumstances as a nation).  That’s a lot of Psalms about dark times!

What you’ll see in a lament is that the Psalmist usually starts with a plea to the Lord to help them in their circumstance.  The Psalmist comes directly to the Lord and brings their complaint to the Lord.  Their complaint is usually related to distress caused by others, distress caused by the consequences of sin in their life, or distress caused by false accusations.  However, with the exception of Psalm 88, every single Psalmist expresses confidence and faith in God and moves to blessing the Lord as the hope for their situation.

In our dark times, we can remember that Christ, as our high priest, intercedes for us.  He understands our plight because He suffered on the cross and paid the ultimate price for us.  Therefore, we can rest assured that He is with us in our suffering, and He is working through us in the midst of it so that He might be glorified and that we may learn to be steadfast in faith. 

If you are experiencing hard times, I hope that this can be an encouragement to you.  If you are in a season of joy, then pray this for someone you know who may be struggling.  Save this for a time when you may be in the pit and need to pray for the Lord to save you from yours struggle.

*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 130.  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:

Lord, I come to you broken and desperate for help.  I cry out to you because there is no where else to go where I can be comforted.  I thank you Jesus that you intercede for me, and that I know and trust that You hear my prayer. (v.1-2)

Lord, I come to you confessing my sin to you.  I have messed up in so many ways; I have sinned against you.  I don’t deserve your grace or your mercy, but I praise You that You have given them freely and overwhelmingly to me.  You forgive my iniquities and heal my heart so that I might fear You.  I stand in awe of You because of Your great love for me.  Thank you that I am forgiven! (v.3-4)

Lord, my circumstances are difficult.  (Whatever those circumstances may be, give those to the Lord now).  However, I rest secure in You and I trust You.  I wait on You, my Rock and my Redeemer, because You are sovereign and in control.  My soul waits for You. (v.5-6)

Lord, I pray that I will rest in your steadfast love and redemption for me.  I pray for my church and for other christians around the world, that in the midst of persecution, sorrow, loss, brokenness, or despair, let us be a people that give you praise.  Even when we don’t understand, I pray that we will trust You.  We know and trust that one day, in Christ, all of our sorrow will be wiped away.  Our hope remains in You, our King.  In Christ’s name we pray, Amen! (v.7-8)

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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