"The Psalms are poems, and poems intended to be sung." ~ C.S. Lewis
If you seek to refresh your prayer life, the book of Psalms rests in the midst of the Old Testament, whispering to those that will hear, "pray through me…" ~ the Psalms are God’s gift to train us in prayer. The prose and poetry of this treasure is unmatchable.
The Psalms are at the helm of the Writings; divinely inspired, “They shape our response to God’s word through the practice of prayer in the life of faith” (Eugene Peterson, Answering God, pg.31).
I love the Psalms with all my heart. I pray them, sing them, and have cried through them. I read them to my father, as he lay unconscious, waiting to enter the presence of the Lord. In the midst of the mundane, I stop, breathe, and sing them to keep my mind on Him…Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3 KJV)
I pray that as you read or sing them that you find peace, healing, and joy. I pray that through the poetic prose of these poem-prayers, you hear God’s voice, and lift yours to Him. May they be a constant voice speaking peace into your spirit. I echo N.T. Wright in his The Case For the Psalms:
"Sing these songs, and they will renew you from head to toe, from heart to mind. Pray these poems, and they will sustain you on the long, hard but exhilarating road of Christian discipleship."
In His Grace,