Those that visit this blog with any regularity know that I believe the book of Psalms to be a vast untapped resource of devotion and prayer for many Christians. In those dark times when we don’t know what to pray, how to lament, or what to say to God; in the joyful times when we want to proclaim praise, give thanks, or express our blessings and longings; in every season of our lives the psalms have something to offer us in our relationship with the God of all creation.
Today’s psalm was originally uttered to God when David was roaming in the wilderness avoiding Saul’s malevolent intent. David expressed his yearning, desire, and hope in order to connect with God and be led by him, step by step. David praised God in his circumstance, longing to be satisfied with spiritual food and drink.
Just as we are to pray the psalms, speak the psalms out loud, and meditate on the psalms, so we are to also sing the psalms. The Psalter Hymnal of old, as well as many contemporary praise and worship songs are words from the psalms, meant to help, encourage, and give voice to our own current experiences. Inspired by the psalms, take a few minutes today to listen to “God You Are My God” by Michael W. Smith, or check out a compilation of music from the psalms, for example, “The Psalms Project”, which aims to get all 150 psalms to music. Maybe even make up your own tune to today’s psalm and sing it to the Lord.
Whatever we do, let the psalms help form and shape a profound spirituality for us which helps to more deeply connect with the God we long to know more and more. Soli Deo Gloria!