Some thoughts on the Psalms
We often think of the Psalms as wonderful songs of praise, songs of joy to be sung with gladness, songs that carry us along with a bounce of delight.
Not always, you might be surprised to hear!
The psalms we shall be reading this week are very different.
They introduce feelings such as
‘I am losing all hope; I am paralysed with fear.’ (psalm 143);
or anxiety such as ‘But as for me, I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God.’ (psalm 70)
In fact, the psalms express a multitude of different emotions. So read these psalms and try to enter into the feelings of the writers, and see if you ever have any similar experiences.
If so, be ready to express them to God as you pray.
I am losing all hope; I am paralysed with fear.
A man at the end of his tether.
Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my plea!
Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
Don’t put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you.
My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground
and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
I am losing all hope; I am paralysed with fear. I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Interlude
Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens.
Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.
Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.