Praying with the Ancients | Psalm 9
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 9. As we dive in together, here is a little context to frame out the prayer.
I. David praised Yahweh for maintaining his cause while dealing with his enemies. (1-6)
II. Yahweh as the righteous judge of the world serves as a refuge for the oppressed. (7-9)
III. Yahweh is a trustworthy protector for those who rely on him. (10-16)
IV. Our God who never forgets the needy will deal justly with all. (17-20)
The Psalm in a Sentence
Yahweh deserves our highest praise because he will justly deal with the godless while protecting those who trust in him.
- Read Psalm 9 first to hear what God is saying. LISTEN
- Reflect on what God is saying through this prayer to you. WRITE IN YOUR JOURNAL
- Read Psalm 9 now as a response to Him. SAY ALOUD
Week 3 of 10 Prayer
Prayer tills the soil of the soul to receive the word of God. Take time today resting, delighting and listening to God in prayer. Take 10 minutes today to pray for God to speak afresh through His word, and that you would have “ears to hear and eyes to see” His truth and direction.
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.