DEVOTION: “If you will quickly scan five psalms, it is indeed amazing how often at least one of them applies to the major concern of your life at the moment. The psalms were written by men of flesh and blood who were also men of God. They experienced real struggles and hard trials, just as we do. You don’t have to read very far before you find their words becoming your words and their hearts expressing your heart.” – Donald Whitney
I hope you’ve been reading through the Psalms over the past few days. It is pretty amazing when you really look at them as prayers, not just words on a page. They have meaning, heart, pain and hurt in between the lines. The words sometimes have an ache to them. As if you can really feel what the writers were struggling with.
It’s the same with worship songs for me. So many of my favorite hymns and worship songs have a type of struggle that lends itself to the human condition. Even my own songs are birthed out of the hurt, pain, struggles and turmoil that I encounter so often with my listeners….and then there’s my own struggles. Let’s not forget those. We’ve all got them and we all seek ways to express them. It might be songs, poetry, writing, art…there’s always a need every day to find an outlet for the frustration.
That’s why the Psalms are so important. So crucial to our walk with God. We are literally reading God’s words. Speaking them into our hearts and our souls.
So…let me encourage you again to dive deep into the Psalms. Just start with the first one and read one a day. Let the words seep into your soul. Into your heart and then change the words to suit your own prayer needs.