Hello! My cousin, Zach, posted a list on his blog titled 20 Psalms You Can Pray. While I personally think he should have titled it ’20 Prayable Psalms,’ I was still intrigued by this, and have decided to practice praying Psalms. (Too bad the ‘P’ in Psalms in silent, ’cause that could have just been triple alliteration right there.)
And I also thought; why don’t I just ask a bunch of people if they want to do it with me?
As I pondered more, I thought that it would be really neat to memorize the Psalms for and in prayer. But sometimes memorization can just feel like a chore, even though it’s awesome for your brain and good for your spirit. So instead of telling myself to memorize it, I thought I should just stick to meditating on Psalms and then if I happen to memorize some, then that could be a bonus.
Sound good? Here’s what we’ll do.
For three weeks, we will
memorize meditate on one Psalm each week. That makes 21 days of Psalm meditation.
What are the chosen Psalms?
Psalm 130, Week One:
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive (read more)
Psalm 3, Week Two:
O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying (read more)
Psalm 138, Week Three:
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down (read more)
They are each eight verses only, so you can focus your thoughts instead of running through a huge, detailed chapter.
Here’s the weekly meditation procedure that I just made up: (Day One would represent Monday and Day Seven would represent Sunday.)
- Day One: read the passage a few times
- Day Two: ask how the passage relates to your life circumstances
- Day Three: write the passage out on paper
- Day Four: try to imagine the surroundings and circumstances of the author as they wrote it
- Day Five: read the passage out loud to someone
- Day Six: pray the Psalm (even if you’ve already done this)
- Day Seven: read the passage a few times
You can copy paste and print that, or write it down somewhere, or completely disregard it and make your own plan.
If you’re gonna be meditating and praying these Psalms with me over the next three weeks, please comment and tell me. I will post a little update about this at the end of each week to keep you (and myself) motivated.
So go read Psalm 130, then start meditating on it on Monday. You can comment on this post anytime, or email me, or send me a telegram, or fly a banner across the US to share your thoughts on the Psalm.
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