Can You Write Your Own Psalm?

SignsI love the Lord with all my heart, but I often find the Praise and Adoration part of my prayer life lacking. Thanking God for His faithfulness is a natural part of my prayers, but that first part of the A.C.T.S. prayer pattern is a toughie for me.

A. – Adoration

C. – Confession

T. – Thanksgiving

S. – Supplication

Perhaps that’s why I love to read the Psalms. David’s Psalms especially have such depth of adoration for God. Whenever I read his words, I see the Creator from a new perspective.

“I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:1–2   (emphasis added)

Look at the words David uses to describe God: rock, fortress, shield, stronghold. To you and me, those are “holy” words. They’ve become sanctified in our minds by use in church songs, sermons, and Bible stories.

But to David, a rock was a rock. A fortress was a building. And a shield was what stood between him and his enemy’s death blow.

Adoring God With Our Normal

I’ve been chewing on this concept of adoration for a few months—using the ordinary things in life to describe the extraordinary attributes of God. When hubby and I recently drove our eight-hour journey home from Indiana, we filled the windshield time with a new game:

God Is My                [fill in the blank]               .

Trying to take our cues from David, we tried to see God in the normal things around us. Here are a few we came up with…

God Is My:

  • GPS (God Positioning System) – allows me to relax and let Him direct, without worry of wrong turns
  • Road signs – instruct me along life’s highways: warnings, speed limits, and mile markers.
  • Wifi – keeps me connected to Him and to others
  • Rumble strip/guard rail – warns me when I stray

Powerful Imagery

Maybe it seems like a silly game, a time-waster on a long road trip. But it can be much more. Indeed, equating God to everyday items became David’s passion.

Anointed king as a young boy, David would not reign over Israel for many years. In the meantime, King Saul’s jealousy kindled to a murderous flame, and David—with his wives and children—hid in the wilderness while Saul and his army chased them like criminals.

“David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.” 1 Samuel 23:14 (emphasis added)

The Shield. The Refuge. The Stronghold. These were descriptions David thoughtfully assigned. As should I when lifting my adoration to the Lord in prayer.

In another Psalm, David chose water–something he couldn’t live without–to describe the LORD:

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” Psalm 42:1

  1. What is something I need to live?
    • Lord, You are the air in my lungs. I take a deep breath of You, and I am revived.
  2. What is something I simply delight in, something that makes me happy?
    • Lord, You are to me that first aroma of coffee in the morning, that first taste of it with my favorite creamer. Sweet. Strong. Warming me from the inside and out.

What About You?

Ask yourself these two questions to get started composing your own Psalm to Yahweh.

  1. What is something you need to live?
  2. What is something you simply delight in, something that makes you happy?

Your Psalm doesn’t have to be elaborate or poetic, just a sincere offering of adoration to the Creator of all things. Happy Psalm writing!

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Today’s Question:

  • In the comments below, answer one of the two Psalm-generating questions, and then explain how it relates to God’s activity in your life.

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Comments

  1. Father You have given me life, given me the desire to love and know You deeper,peace in a world of confusion,peace peace,given me the ability to trust You not circumstances that surrounds us daily. Peace and joy

  2. I once wrote my own psalm for a prayer class and it used what I can’t live without and that was music. I called God is my Maestro. There is a difference between a conductor and a maestro. One is a good director and the other is a master. I delineated the difference. I lost this psalm in the fire that destroyed my house. Wish I could have it again. Will try to create another.

    • Hooray, Robin! That’s part of the reason I love blogs and newsletters. They don’t have to be new info–just good reminders of things we may already know. LOL! Blessings on you and your blog ministry, gal!

  3. Mesu, I have used that acronym for many years. Whoever I learned it from (Anne Ortlund?) “adored” by reflecting the characteristics of God back to Him in prayer. “Lord, you cover me as a hen protects her chicks. ” “Lord you are omnipotent.”
    I like your challenge to write our own psalm, though it is intimidating.
    Let me think on this.
    And I think your driving and praising God was wonderful.

    • The praising while driving was really fun, and it was easy while driving through the beauty of W. Virginia, Virginia, and our NC mountains! I hope you’ll try the Psalm writing. No need to share it with anyone but your God! That takes away some of the pressure. 😉

  4. Lord! You are as precious as my sweet boy’s face, as relentless in your love for me as his inquisitive eyes, as all encompassing as his bear hugs. You love me more than I love him, which amazes and encourages me. Thank you for making me a mother!

  5. Thank you for your awesome challenges. I’ve never even thought of writing my own Psalm…but that’s really something to think about! It’s as if I wrote the thoughts about God being like my first whiff…and drink…of morning coffee. AAHH! =) I just ADORE the new photo…and can’t wait to see more. Always good to be in touch with you dear friend…keep on keeping on. You are loved and prayed for. XO

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