The Psalms give voice to the wide range of human emotions that arise in everyday experience. Jewish and Christian worshipers derive comfort, hope, encouragement, and joy from these ancient prayers but also find a way to cry out through them in anger, fear, and doubt over the power and goodness of God. Individuals unable to worship corporately also find that the Psalms speak to their needs. The well-known Twenty-third Psalm has brought comfort to countless people who are sick and dying.
—Elizabeth J. Canham, Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
—Psalm 23:4 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
- Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
- Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13
- Romans 7:15-25a
- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
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