Using the Psalms for Personal and Corporate Worship

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by: Dick Cain

03/02/2021

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The Psalms play a vital role in the personal and family worship of Christ-followers. We also constantly avail ourselves of them in corporate worship. 
Why such an abundant use of Psalms? 
1.  The Psalms nurture in us a life of spiritual health and vitality. Spiritual health consists in: Knowing intimately, loving fervently, and treasuring deeply the Lord who is our Creator, Redeemer, Savior, and King.                     
2. The Psalms assist us in developing a right knowledge of ourselves. Based upon the penitiential Psalms (the two mast famous being Psalm 32 and 51), our prayers of confession disabuse us of any thought of our innate goodness, alienate us from faith in ourselves, and remind us that no one is beyond the reach of God’s mercy.

3. The Psalms allow Scripture, rather than our own hearts, to set the agenda for prayer. Using the words of Scripture to structure our prayers helps us escape the danger of disorder and confusion when we pray.

Why not open your Bible to its middle section and read today a Psalm or two  and ask the Lord to make your soul happy in Him and all that He has done to rescue you!

The Psalms play a vital role in the personal and family worship of Christ-followers. We also constantly avail ourselves of them in corporate worship. 
Why such an abundant use of Psalms? 
1.  The Psalms nurture in us a life of spiritual health and vitality. Spiritual health consists in: Knowing intimately, loving fervently, and treasuring deeply the Lord who is our Creator, Redeemer, Savior, and King.                     
2. The Psalms assist us in developing a right knowledge of ourselves. Based upon the penitiential Psalms (the two mast famous being Psalm 32 and 51), our prayers of confession disabuse us of any thought of our innate goodness, alienate us from faith in ourselves, and remind us that no one is beyond the reach of God’s mercy.

3. The Psalms allow Scripture, rather than our own hearts, to set the agenda for prayer. Using the words of Scripture to structure our prayers helps us escape the danger of disorder and confusion when we pray.

Why not open your Bible to its middle section and read today a Psalm or two  and ask the Lord to make your soul happy in Him and all that He has done to rescue you!

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1 Comments on this post:

Gary Johnson

Good on ya Pastor! Our grown kids say that is was our Psalm-singing in the home (with explanation) that built their theology - more than cafechism!

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