Saturday, June 9, 2012

A pump

I think there are many of us who want to pray, know that we need to pray, but even after many years of trying there are times we don't know what to pray. We can't seem to string together words to express what is in our soul. Psalm 71 is a terrific scriptural pump, to draw out of your soul what you may be seeking to express. If you prayed nothing else today but this it would be a good prayer day.

Psalm 71:1–24 (ESV)
Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent71 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame!
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me, and save me!
Be to me a rock of refuge,
to which I may continually come;
you have given the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;
you are he who took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.
I have been as a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all the day.
Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
forsake me not when my strength is spent.
10  For my enemies speak concerning me;
those who watch for my life consult together
11  and say, “God has forsaken him;
pursue and seize him,
for there is none to deliver him.”
12  O God, be not far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me!
13  May my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
with scorn and disgrace may they be covered
who seek my hurt.
14  But I will hope continually
and will praise you yet more and more.
15  My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
of your deeds of salvation all the day,
for their number is past my knowledge.
16  With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come;
I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
17  O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
18  So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.
19  Your righteousness, O God,
reaches the high heavens.
You who have done great things,
O God, who is like you?
20  You who have made me see many troubles and calamities
will revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
you will bring me up again.
21  You will increase my greatness
and comfort me again.
22  I will also praise you with the harp
for your faithfulness, O my God;
I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.
23  My lips will shout for joy,
when I sing praises to you;
my soul also, which you have redeemed.
24  And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,
for they have been put to shame and disappointed
who sought to do me hurt.

2 comments:

  1. Dumb Rock for JesusJune 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Praying God's word speaks so much more and better than I can convey my heart. I like to pray Psalms 25. "To you O Lord I lift up my soul; in you I trust O my God. Do not let me put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long." I hope you'll read the rest in God's word. His word speaks to me and calms me, encourages me, teaches me, and changes me. "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek. 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 seek Him in His temple." God is every where, his word tells us "in him we live and move and have our being; He gives us our every breath," His temple is every where, I want to walk with Him, conscience of Him every waking moment. God is so good, taste and see. I recently read in "Practicing His Presence" these words by Frank Laubach, as he spoke of the joy of God's "hereness", "It seemed so wonderfully true that just the privilege of fellowship with God is infinitely more than anything God could give. When He gives Himself He is giving more than anything else in the universe." God's word does that for me, my prayer is that you have experienced that fellowship too.

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  2. Amen and Amen! Psalm 25 is a terrific prayer. I don't turn to these nearly enough. I think of the line in the hymn, "o what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer." the only thing that hymn does not address is that sometimes we actually make the effort to pray and are stymied for a hundred different reasons. These Psalms are just what we need to give voice to the groans of our hearts.

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