2016 · Prayer · Psalms

The Power of Praying the Psalms

It is a Jewish custom that in times of trouble, to pray the Psalms. I have heard Rabbis say that they don’t quite know why they have so much power, but they do. I have three answers to that:

1. The Psalms are the living Word of God which He will honour. (Isaiah 55:11-13)
2. We overcome evil with the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony. The Psalms are King David’s own personal testimony, thus they overcome evil. (Revelation 12:11)
3. When we pray David’s words, we are, in a way, standing in agreement with him. Thus God will honour the words. (Matthew 18:19)

So when life hits you hard, and as David has said here, “my problems go from bad to worse,” pray the Psalms and let the power of the Holy Spirit enter your heart and life.

Psalm 25: A psalm of David.

Psalm33v4“O LORD, I give my life to you.
I trust in you, my God!
Do not let me be disgraced,
or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,
but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.
Show me the right path, O LORD;
point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
Remember, O LORD, your compassion and unfailing love,
which you have shown from long ages past.
Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
for you are merciful, O LORD.
The LORD is good and does what is right;
he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
He leads the humble in doing right,
teaching them his way.
The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness
all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.
For the honor of your name, O LORD,
forgive my many, many sins.
Who are those who fear the LORD?
He will show them the path they should choose.
They will live in prosperity,
and their children will inherit the land.
The LORD is a friend to those who fear him.
He teaches them his covenant.
My eyes are always on the LORD,
for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.
Turn to me and have mercy,
for I am alone and in deep distress.
My problems go from bad to worse.
Oh, save me from them all!
Feel my pain and see my trouble.
Forgive all my sins.
See how many enemies I have
and how viciously they hate me!
Protect me! Rescue my life from them!
Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge.
May integrity and honesty protect me,
for I put my hope in you.
O God, ransom Israel
from all its troubles.”

white_spacerNote: This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.


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