There is nothing like waking in the morning to a brewed cup of tea and a Psalm to begin my day. When many of us think of the Psalms, we think of Psalm 23–the Lord is my Shepherd.
Spending time in the Word of God is like taking a journey to the quiet, still waters of that passage– and it restores our souls.
What if we purposed to wake up each day to a psalm on our hearts and a hymn of praise on our lips?
We would conquer our days with greater peace instead of finding ourselves paralyzed by fear and anxiety.
Instead of wallowing in despair and defeat, we would be determined to hand over our cares to the One who prepares a feast for us in the presence of our enemies.
So let’s allow God to revive and restore our souls through the practice of praying through the Psalms.
How to Pray through the Psalms
I love praying through the Psalms because many of them are already prayers written by David, expressing his heartfelt passion and love for God.
When I pray the Psalms, I often use these prayers and insert my own thoughts and experiences, and I find myself in sweet communion with my Shepherd–calmed by the still, quiet waters of his presence.
Many of the Psalms have particular themes that can guide our prayers. When I choose a Psalm based on one of these themes, I turn these verses into prayers.
Psalms of Praise
I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.Psalm 7:17
Lord, I give thanks to you because you are righteous and holy, and I praise you for who you are today. You say that the praises of your people silences the voice of the enemy (Psalm 8:2), and for this I open my mouth and glorify your name!
Psalms of Protection
But let all who take refuge in you be glad let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.Psalm 5:11
Lord, thank you for spreading your protection over me and my family. I take refuge in your name as a strong tower, and I rejoice in you as my salvation.
**Updated: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Psalm 91 is also a powerful psalm to pray when you are praying for protection.
You can download a free printable page with the entire Psalm in the printable below!
Psalms of Blessing
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.Psalm 21:11
Thank you for blessing me with your peace today. May your joy be my strength as I go about my day. May your blessings of peace, hope and love surround me with your favor as with a shield.
Psalms of Lament
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.Psalm 42:5
Even on the days when we feel down, depressed, and filled with grief, the Lord meets us in our pain. When you need to have a good cry with the Lord, he is there, keeping each tear in a bottle. No shed tear goes unnoticed by our Good Shepherd.
Lord, even in my despair, you are here. Though I may not understand all of life’s circumstances, I will trust in your unfailing love, for you are my Savior, and my God.
Psalms of Love
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.Psalm 63:3
Oh Lord, your love is unending, overflowing, and unfailing! It is better than life itself, and may my lips and my life glorify you forever.
Psalms of Victory
Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand.Psalm 20:5
Thank you Lord that through Christ, I have victory to overcome any obstacle in my life. No habit or sin has any power to rule my life. If you are for me, who can be against me? I praise you for the victory that I have through you!
40 Days of Praying through the Psalms
Will you join me in a 40-day challenge of praying through the Psalms? Find hope and peace through praying the Word of God each day, and use this free Scripture reading plan to guide your prayers each day.
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