Praying the Psalms

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This devotional is written by Charlotte Speller. Charlotte enjoys all things arts and crafts including (but not limited to); making clothes, painting, drawing and playing the piano. She is quite partial to white chocolate and will argue it is real chocolate to anyone who will listen. 

Psalm 24

Of David. A psalm.

 1 The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.

3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

5 They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Saviour. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.

7 Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty - he is the King of glory.


Reflection

As this Psalm begins and ends, focusing on Gods glory, the writer, David, ruminates on God's goodness. God literally created the whole world and everything in it.

This Psalm was written thousands of years ago, yet is still so relevant for today.

This Psalm was a battle cry for the Church, sung at temple services, they expressed their gratitude to God amongst their lament and deep suffering, keeping their eyes on what truly matters in life, the King of Glory.

How do you seek God?

Slowly take a deep breathe in, and hold for 5 seconds, and slowly breathe out. Picture yourself amongst a crowd of worshipers in the temple. How does it feel to be amongst passionate believers? All singing their hearts out to God. Does this feel familiar, is this a first for you? This place is a safe place for you to worship. To feel light and free. Nobody is watching, God is delighting in you. Kneel down and receive his blessings. He asks you to come as you are. Rest in His presence. Lift up your head to the Lord, for He is your strength, strong and mighty. He fights your battles for you. Picture your prayer requests in your hands, and then give them to God in exchange for his peace and joy. Leave them with Him. Feel your heart fill up with the Holy spirit. Let that flow throughout your whole body. Even if you don't feel it, know that God's light shines down on you and he is with you wherever you go.

Anytime you want to praise Jesus and relax, you can return to this place at any point in your day, just close your eyes and fix them onto the King of Glory.

One thing I love about the Psalms is how expressive and honest the writers were to God. They worshipped, cried out to God, lamented, danced, no matter how they felt, they always kept their eyes on God. Their gratitude shifted their hearts and minds from lamenting to praising. Why don't you tell God how you feel right now? (give 30 seconds) Can you tell him all the things that you are thankful for?

I encourage you to start your prayers with thanks and gratitude. Watch a shift and see how God transforms your life. God bless you

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