Psalm 3:4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah
The Book of Psalms is a book of prayer. It is a record of those who have cried out to Him and listened for His voice in return. God desires to have a real relationship with us. And in any relationship, one of the very most important things is communication. Communication is a two-way street, speaking and listening. God knows all that is in our hearts and minds. He is not surprised by any of it. Yet He invites us to express ourselves to Him. And then, wonder of all wonders, even the Creator of all, the God of all, desires to speak to us! Throughout this book, we find words of great joy and praise to the Lord, as well as cries of hurt, of pain, of desperation. Our prayers are not formal statements using perfect impressive words; they are the words of the heart poured out to our closest friend and confidant. They are joys and sorrows shared, Deep calls to deep (42:7). The words of the psalmist are poured out. And God's words are poured out, as well. And the psalmist can then embrace those words, finding refuge, strength, comfort, deliverance. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path (119:105).
And as we read the words of the psalmist, we can identify with them in the common experience of relationship with our God. We can find release in our own souls. To God's "Yes!" we can add our "Amen." When we find the words are hard to find, the words of the psalmist spur us to expression. The words of the psalmist help us to enter in to that true place of worship, in spirit and truth, of a life lived in a real relationship with a loving Father. Our response? "Be still and know that I am God. . .(46:10)"; Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God. . . (42:11); I will sing of the LORD's great love forever. . . (89:1); Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. . . (98:4); Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. . .(103:1, 2) and on and on. . . . .
What is your psalm for today, your prayer unto the Lord Most High? To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah