Psalms of Honesty and Truth
Most Christians for most of the Christian centuries have learned to pray by praying the Psalms. The Hebrews, with several centuries of a head start on us in matters of prayer and worship, provided us with a prayer book that gives us a language adequate for responding to the God who speaks to us.
I’m looking forward with anxiousness as we go through the Psalms to lay it all out before God, to be honest and truthful. These are not “nice prayers by nice people”, they are gut wrenching laments of honesty pulled from the inside out. They are praises to God alone who brings them through adversity and tragedy in profound ways that only our God could orchestrate!
We will use The Message by Eugene Peterson, a pastor who wanted his people to learn to pray the Psalms because they were having trouble understanding that prayer is open, honest communication with God, Himself. He says, “I wanted to provide men and women access to the immense range and the terrific energies of prayer in the kind of language that is most immediate to them, which also happens to be the language in which these psalm prayer were first expressed and written by David and his successors. I continue to want to do that, convinced that ony as we develop raw honesty and detailed thoroughness in our praying do we become whole, truly human in Jesus Christ, who also prayed the Psalms.”
Psalm 1, The Message
How well God must like you—
you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon,
you don’t slink along Dead-End Road,
you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.
2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.
4-5 You’re not at all like the wicked,
who are mere windblown dust—
Without defense in court,
unfit company for innocent people.
6 God charts the road you take.
The road they take is Skid Row.
What do we learn?
–Psalm 1 reminds the difference in good and evil.
–This prayer helps us decide immediately Who’s side we are on as we come to God.
–Stay in the Word, close to the Word, so we don’t miss a thing!
–Live the Word.
Dear Heavenly Father, You will be teaching us about prayer to You through the honesty of our predecessors. Help us to be honest before You. You know our hearts. Renew and refresh our spirits with Your Holy Spirit living in us. Change what You must so we will be more and more like You taught us to be. Thank you for these prayers of Truth. In Jesus Name, Amen