I began a class on the Psalms last Wednesday night. I am really going to enjoy this study. What is interesting about the Psalms is that most of Scripture is speaking to us, while the Psalms are speaking for us. A lot of the books of the Bible in both the Old and New Testament are meant to be historical writings, like the books of Joshua, Kings, and Chronicles in the Old Testament; and the Gospels and Acts in the New Testament. We also have letters from Paul, John, Peter, and others. We have writings of prophesy and apocalyptic documents like the Old Testament Prophets and Revelation. We have poetry and wisdom like the Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. The elders of Israel taught using wisdom. Moses and the prophets taught the commands of God. Jesus taught using stories. Paul used reason. John taught from the heart.
I love that God teaches us using all sorts of methods and genres in His Word. It is even more interesting that God saw it fit to include right in the middle of the Bible, the longest book of the Bible, a collection of prayers from God’s faithful. In the book of Psalms we see God’s people complaining, begging, crying, hurting, praising, and rejoicing. God knew that we needed this book. If you want to know how to pray, pray through the Psalms. I mean, actually read them aloud as your prayer to God. You may not relate to everything you pray, but you will see that when you don’t know what to pray for, the Psalms speak for you. You don’t know how to pray? Pray the Psalms. You don’t know how to pray with your family? Pray through the Psalms.
Psalm 130:1-2 says, “Out of the depths I cry to you Lord; Lord hear my voice.” The Psalms teach us to pray. They teach us to seek the voice of the Lord. People that cry out to God from the depths are deep people. Cry out to him out of the depths of your soul and he will hear you.