The Psalms were created largely for worship. Our Psalter includes individual cries for help and thanksgiving for deliverance, but even these found a way into the corporate worship of God’s people. You may feel intimidated by the suggestion that you create your own psalms, but the model I offer is simple and has been used by youth and seniors alike. At the end of each chapter you are invited to write a psalm of your own, one that includes your experience, desire, need, hope, or joy. You can allow your thoughts to “take off” or use a simple model I learned many years ago.
—Elizabeth J. Canham, Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)
What psalm or verses from Psalms help you express your feelings to God? Join the conversation.
O come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
—Psalm 95:6 (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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