Praying with the Ancients | Psalm 3
Written By Holy Scripture
Since the first human being was called to work and keep God’s creation, we have created tools to empower fruitful work. The same is true in our spiritual pursuit of prayer. The Psalms have been the refined tools of prayer for God’s people for millennia.
Therefore, we would be remiss to not take time each week in our journey to deepen the discipline of prayer by praying with the ancient people of God by means of the God-inspired earthy prayers of the Psalter.
As we engage these ancient prayers we learn that the primary purpose of prayer is not to express “my truth” but to answer by means of Scripture the Triune God who has spoken. This is true especially when that answer is raw, beautiful, and vulnerable, recognizing God does indeed hear us.
Let’s pray with the ancients.
Today’s prayer is Psalm 3. As we dive in together, here is a little context to frame out the psalm.
Contrast #1 –
Worrying about what threatens me produces fearful anxiety, (Verses 1 & 2)
but focusing on God’s protection produces prayerful trust. (Verses 3 & 4)
Contrast #2 –
I can rest in perfect peace (Verses 5 & 6)
if I trust that God will rise up to deliver me from all my troubles. (Verses 7 & 8)
The Psalm in a Sentence
Trusting in God’s protection in the face of life’s threats frees us from fear and furnishes us with peace and rest.
- LISTEN – Read Psalm 3 first to hear what God is saying.
- WRITE – Reflect on what God is saying through this prayer to you. Write it in your journal.
- SAY ALOUD – Read Psalm 3 now as a response to Him.
If you are interested in more resources on engaging the Psalms daily, Downtown Campus congregant, Jim Kutnow, provides a great resource at thisyearthepsalms.com.
Week 1 of 10 Prayer
How does the resurrection change the way you look at ordinary problems? Does it? How can you grow there?
If we are not intentional, the Christian message of Jesus’ resurrection may be easily overshadowed or absorbed into the mix of the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, pastel colors, and marshmallow Peeps. But as Christians, the resurrection of Jesus must be front and center in our Easter celebrations.
Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.