The Psalms are unique treasures of scripture that connect a weavers head and heart in a rich in the vivid way. While most scripture delivers words from God to man, the psalms provide man’s spirit-inspired words to pray and sing to God.
The format and diversity of the Psalms allow them to be used in a number of powerful ways individually and corporately – Almost like a Swiss Army knife or our spiritual lives.
Here are some ways to use the Psalms:
Use The Psalms To Cultivate A Godly Prayer Life
Have you ever not knowing what to pray? The Psalms give believers the right words to pray with no words come to mind.
The Psalms Teach the importance of being honest with God and that it’s okay to ask, Why? and How long? When we learned the necessity I’m submitting to him and difficult times and that we have an approaching him when we contemplate His greatness. Following the Psalm’s prayer patterns will enrich our prayers, making our substance fuller and more God centered.
How did Moses respond to God’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt? He sang a song (Exodus 15). How did David respond to the Lord’s deliverance from his enemies and Saul? He wrote him praise (2 Samuel 22; Psalm 18). How did Asaph cure his envy of the wicked? He worshiped God, learned of their fate, and recorded his story of trust in Psalm 73.
Use The Psalms To Cultivate A Life Of Worship
Singing the Psalms allows us to proclaim God’s words and let us dwell richly within us (Colossians 3:16). In doing so, we will be keeping our lives according to God’s Word and making and making worship aThe default setting on our hearts will move more focused on Waze than on things like worry, our lives and ourselves. more natural part of our lives. The default setting on our hearts will move more focused on praise than on things like worry, our lives and ourselves.
How lovely are your dwellings, Lord of Hosts! My soul longs, and even paint for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.Psalms 84:1-2
Use The Psalms To Cultivate A Culture Of Worship At Your Church
The book of Psalms is a hymnal filled with songs for God’s people. Many of the Psalms are intended for corporate worship, with some being directed to the Choirmaster and prescribing specific instruments for accompaniment (for example Psalms 51-61).
Reading or singing the Psalms corporately will shape individual hearts and minds in the congregation and help your church pursue a culture of worship.
Many churches use them at the start of the service as a call to worship, for responsive readings, or as a response to a sermon. The rich imagery of scripture speaks to our daily lives and experiences and it will make our heart sing.
Use The Psalms To Cultivate A Deep Hunger For God
The Psalms are a mirror to our soul that reveals our deepest longings. The word paper hearts by connecting with the Psalmists in a deep and emotional way:
One thing I have asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.Psalm 27:4
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so my soul pants for you, O’ God (Psalm 42:1).
O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you in a dry and weary land where there is no waterPsalm 63:1
As you read this Psalms and make them your prayer. God will work in you and change your desires to be more like His. You will be delighting in the Lord and receive the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).
The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance. – C.S. Lewis
Use The Psalms To Cultivate A Godly Emotional Life
Everyone faces emotional ups and downs. That goes for even the most even-keeled saints Because even our Lord Himself went through emotional trauma and turmoil The Psalms provide a faithful roadmap to follow in the world of emotions – triumph and turmoil, and everything in between. C. John Collins put it this way: “The Psalms simply do not simply express emotions: when sung in faith they actually shape the emotions of the godly,”
How do we respond to deep sadness? Look in Psalm 43, which says, “Why are you cash down O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.”
How do we respond when the wicked prosper? Look in Psalm 37:7, which says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospered into his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!”
How do you thank the Lord for such a great salvation? “Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man! And let them offer sacrifices of Thanksgiving and tell of His deeds and songs of joy!” (Psalm 107:21-22).
Using the Psalms for a biblical outlook on emotions will tune the strings of our hearts to God’s perfect pitch.
Use The Psalms To Cultivate A Thankful Heart
God desires us to be thankful – in fact, thankfulness is His will for us (Thessalonians 5:18). Cultivating a thankful heart is especially important in a culture that focuses on the gifts God gives instead of being thankful for what he already has given us in Christ Jesus. Thanking God put us in a proper place as humble creatures dependent on and abundantly gracious Creator.
The Psalms of Thanksgiving celebrate God’s works and goodness to us. Like the Psalmist, we can remember God‘s goodness across all of history (Psalm 105) and also His goodness to us personally (Psalm 40).
When God has turned our morning into dancing (Psalm 30:11), given us a firm place to stand (Psalm 40:1-2), and been our rock and salvation (Psalm 62:1), how can we keep our heart from giving thanks?
Use The Psalms To Cultivate A Deeper Understanding Of A Godly Life
The Psalms will shatter to pieces any ideas at being a Christian is a walk in the park. The Psalms show us a wide spectrum of the Christian life, from the mountaintop experiences to walking in the valley of the shadow of death,
We can hide from our enemy in a cave with David (Psalm 57), or cry out to God because of injustice with Asaph (Psalm 82), contemplate the shortness of life and the greatness of God with Moses (Psalm 90), and enter into the abandonment of our Savior (Psalm 22). The Psalms will teach us how to live wisely in difficult times.
As you read this Psalms With your Christian experience in mind. God will humble you, refine your expectations about life, and show you His faithfulness and steadfast love,
Use The Psalms To Behold The Savior
We see Jesus’s own words and His disciples that the Psalms find their ultimate fulfillment and Him: “Everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:22). Are you read through the Psalms keep a close ion the New Testament brush references that quote the Psalms in reference to Christ. Also keep an ion the references to the gospel themes or characteristics of Christ.
Here are a few highlights of Christ in the Psalms:
- Psalm 102:25-29 Describes Christ as the eternal Creator (Cross Reference Hebrews 1:10-12).
- Psalm 16 Describes the resurrection and full glory of Christ.
- Psalm 110 Describes the dominion of Christ and His future judgment
Look for a Christ, and then quickly moving to the next thing God wants us to encounter the living Christ and find life in His name. He wants to transform our hearts and minds to love Him and glorify Him as he did with this Psalmists.