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Pray the psalms
Andrea Delwiche
by Andrea Delwiche
January 29, 2024

“Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me! Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life! Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! Let them turn back because of their shame who say, ‘Aha, Aha!’ May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’ But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!” (Psalm 70:1-5 ESV).

The words of this ancient psalm are compact and suitable to the daily challenges we face. Each day we need God’s deliverance and protection. Each day we have reason to rejoice in God’s greatness.

Early Christians and some Christians still today memorize psalms to use as prayers. Christ himself certainly knew the psalms by heart and used them as he battled temptation. He used the psalms to express his heart to his Father as he hung on a cross. 

For us also the psalms can be prayers ready for us not only in moments of crisis but as blessings to pray over our ordinary moments. Situations change, but God’s faithfulness and eagerness to spend time with us and to rescue us is new each day.