In this thoroughly revised edition of a classic in spirituality, Walter Brueggemann guides the reader into a thoughtful and moving encounter with the Psalms. This new edition includes a revised text, new notes, and new bibliography. The movement and meeting of God with us is indeed a speech-event in which new humanness is evoked among us. Being attentive to language means cultivating the candid imagination to bring our own experience to the Psalms and permitting it to be disciplined by the speech of the Psalms. And, conversely, it means letting the Psalms address us and having that language reshape our sensitivities and fill our minds with new pictures and images that may redirect our lives. --from Chapter 3
The psalms often stretch and perplex readers as they teach, but they also open a divine window on prayer. This collection features meditations on more than 75 psalms and offers brief thoughts and background as well as suggested ways to use the psalms in prayer.
Learn to speak the language of God’s own heart. Have you ever tried to pour out your deepest feelings to God, only to discover that you can’t find the words? We want to feel connected to God, but sometimes it seems like we’re not speaking the same language. There is no better place in all of Scripture than Psalms to learn to be with God. Praying the Psalms includes 50 selections from this book—songs of praise, cries for help, glad rejoicings, and humble offerings—accompanied by inspirational devotions that will open a divine window in your prayer life. Adapted from God’s Prayer Book; now in a deluxe LeatherLike binding.
This is Nan Merrill's rewriting of the Psalms in a contemporary idiom, downplaying the Hebrew emphasis on competition and struggle and emphasizing their elements of peace, harmony, and healing.
The psalms made intimate and tangible Life is often so busy and chaotic that even when we do find time to pray, our minds cannot settle and our thoughts drift to the stresses and concerns that pull our attention elsewhere. With the use of beads, however, our bodies are incorporated into the act of praying, allowing us to remain present with God in a state of peaceful meditation. Praying the Psalms with Beads guides the reader in a daily devotional habit that distills the entire book of Psalms into 182 five-minute prayers, allowing one to go through this whole cycle twice a year, gaining deeper familiarity with the psalms each time. By virtue of this repetition, the psalmists’ praises, laments, and supplications become something deeply felt instead of only distantly understood. Nan Lewis Doerr’s introduction includes an overview and guide to using prayer beads, making this an accessible book for anyone who longs for deeper peace and spiritual focus in their lives.
Examining nine Psalms that express strong emotions, Juanita Ryan offers these studies to help you learn how to openly express your fear, joy, anger, hope, sorrow and love to God.
Written centuries before Christ, the Psalms of the Hebrew Bible have been prayed by Christians since the founding of the Church. The early church fathers expounded the psalms in the light of the mystery of Christ, his death and resurrection, and his saving redemption. In this book, a Benedictine monk examines the Christian praying of the Psalms, taking into account modern and contemporary research on the Psalms. Working from the Hebrew text, Fr. Laurence Kriegshauser offers a verse-by-verse commentary on each of the one hundred and fifty psalms, highlighting poetic features such as imagery, rhythm, structure, and vocabulary, as well as theological and spiritual dimensions and the relation of psalms to each other in the smaller collections that make up the whole. The book attempts to integrate modern scholarship on the Psalms with the act of prayer and help Christians pray the psalms with greater understanding of their Christological meaning. The book contains an introduction, a glossary of terms, an index of topics, a table of English renderings of selected Hebrew words, and an index of biblical citations. Praying the Psalms in Christ will be welcomed by students of theology and liturgy, by priests, religious, and laypeople who pray the Liturgy of the Hours, and by all Christians who seek to pray the Psalms with greater profit and fervor.
Merton shows us how to draw out the richness of worship from the psalter and to use it to achieve "the peace that comes from submission to God's will and from perfect confidence in him".......Catholic Review Service
Dietrich Bonheffer gives one of his secrets behind the powerful witness of his own life. He had learned to pray the Psalms and from them drew on the power of God in his years of imprisonment. In a brief biographical sketch, Eberhard Bethge, friend and biographer of the author, helps us understand the man who used the Psalms as his prayer book.
At key moments in his life on earth, Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, turned to the Psalms for words to express his deepest thoughts and emotions. It is not hard to imagine Jesus, his mind and heart saturated with the words and thoughts of the Psalms as they were prayed aloud in the Temple, going off early in the morning to pray. How much must he have mouthed the words of the Psalms and given them a fulfillment? They became his answering speech to his heavenly Father. In these pages you will discover how the psalms that relate closely to the mission of Jesus can also become our answering speech. We will begin our journey into the mind of Christ by immersing ourselves in several psalms which Jesus himself refers to and fulfills. And then in the second half of the book, we will immerse ourselves in psalms that Jesus would have meditated on during his time on earth, focusing on the heart and mind of Jesus as he prayed the psalms. Structural analysis of each psalm will help us grow our ability to read the Psalms. The guided personal prayer liturgy with each chapter will help us go deeper in the experience of praying the Psalms. Through these psalms we will discover more of the human life of our Lord and Savior. And in the process we will discover more of who we are as we come before our holy God. Also included: a group discussion and prayer experience to accompany each chapter.
"Praying the Psalms by Clift and Kathleen Richards unlocks the spiritual treasury of the Psalms through prayer. As you personalize the pray the powerful truths and promises of the Psalms, God will speak to your heart and you will experience His peace, gain new insights into His purposes, and find assurance of His protection and grace for your life. This unique book will help readers understand key concepts in the Psalms, learn about the men who wrote the Psalms, discover important truths presented by the Psalmists, and apply the Psalms to personal prayer. The prayers of this book cover a wide range of topics, including God's Word, Happiness, Hope, Joy, Strength, and Understanding. They are categorized as Topical Prayers, Psalms of Power-Prayers of Purpose, and Prayers of the Psalmists. There are fifty-six topical prayers that blend the verses of various Psalms together around a central theme in a coherent fashion. Each reference is footnoted and listed at the end of the prayer. The section called Psalms of Power--Prayers of Purpose turns well-known, key Psalms, such as Psalms 23, into inspiring personal prayers. The final section of "Praying the Psalms is based on prayers prayed by the Psalmists themselves.
Prayers that lead to a growing intimacy with God. Heart-learning, not just more head knowledge. Walking conversations with God. These are a few of the fruits produced by a spiritual practice called holy walks. Rooted in the ancient art of praying the Psalms, holy walks enrich our understanding and practice of prayer by integrating prayer-walking and learning the Psalms by heart. In a practical, deeply personal, and at times humorous manner, Steve Simon shares how holy walks have transformed his own prayer life and revitalized his walk with God—and how they can do the same for the reader. In addition to explaining the spiritual practice of holy walks, Holy Walks also provides an introduction to the book of Psalms, which will be especially valuable for those with limited knowledge of the Bible. Exploring five types of psalms, Holy Walks describes how God uses them to shape our heart in life-giving ways no matter what peaks we’re climbing or valleys we’re traversing. The book concludes with a discussion on what the Psalms teach about God’s relationship with us as our creator, leader, and rescuer.
A readable and powerful call, by a leading Old Testament scholar, to pray with and through the Psalms. Walter Brueggemann pushes his readers to recognize the full gamut of passions reflected in the Psalms: joy and exultation but also disappointment, sorrow, anger, resentment, even the desire for vengeance. We are invited into a daring relationsh...
Discover Great Psalms, Powerful Prayers and Prophetic Declarations for Every Situation: Birthday, Christmas, Easter, Business Ideas, Breakthrough, Favor, Deliverance, Healing, Comfort, Exams, Decision Making...and Many More... Experience daily miracles in health, energy, finance and favor through praying the book of Psalms. The book of Psalms provides believers with Spirit-inspired prayers that cover the whole range of life. They are simple enough for anyone to relate with, yet deep enough to provide a rich prayer experience with our loving God. When you pray the Psalms you can be sure you are praying through to Jesus Christ, because He is revealed in all the books. There is a Psalm for all situations and Prayers and Powerful Prophetic Declarations to follow. In this book you'll learn to experience... Psalms and Prayers to Overcome Anxiety, Worry and Fear. Psalms and Prayers for Birthday. Psalms & Prayers for Breaking Curses and Spells. Psalms and Prayers for Business Ideas, Business Connections and Business Breakthroughs. Psalms and Prayers for Blessing Children and Kids. Psalms and Prayers for Christmas Seasons. Psalms and Prayers for Comfort and Peace During Grief, Loss or Death. Psalms and Prayers for Deliverance from Enemies. Psalms and Prayers to Overcome Depression. Psalms and Prayers for Easter Season. Psalms and Prayers for Encouragement When Discouraged. Psalms and Prayers for Evening & Night (Bedtime Prayers). Psalms and Prayers for Receiving Forgiveness. Psalms and Prayers for Healing and Divine Health. Psalms and Prayers to Help and Comfort During Loss, Grief, Funeral and Burial. Psalms and Prayers to Strengthen Your Relationship and Save Your Marriage. Psalms and Prayers for Protection. Psalms and Prayers for Academic Excellence and Exams. Psalms and Prayers for Guidance in Making Decisions in Career, Business, Relationship and Life in General. Because the books of Psalms are simple enough for anyone to relate with, this book of praying the Psalms is also simple enough for you to relate with. The prayers here are meant to be pocket, short, memorable prayers that you can quickly offer in related moments and experience the love and care of our Saviour. If you need to encounter God every day of your life this book will help you immeasurably.
Do you ever feel anxious by the idea of sending your children out into the world? Do you long to see your children grow to love the Lord with a faith that is all their own? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by these feelings and not know where to begin? As parents we are called by God to tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done Psalm 78:4 (NIV). He did not leave us to do this job alone. God promises to be with us every step of the way, ready and waiting for us to call out to him in prayer. What better time than before they leave for school? As a mother of three, Lauren invites you into her own genuine prayer journey for her children. Turning to the Psalms for guidance, Lauren has created a collection of prayers to inspire you to pray for your own children each day. - Pray deeper, more intentional prayers that will cover your children in God's Word - Feel filled with God's presence, comfort, and grace, leaving you ready to be the parent he created you to be Keep this collection of heartfelt prayers by your bedside, inside your car or tucked into your bag, and begin lifting up prayers that will stay with your children today and for a lifetime.
Cantors throughout the United States and elsewhere have long known Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, as a reliable teacher and mentor in how they understand and practice their important ministry. In Becoming the Psalms, she explores the spirituality of the psalms, a spirituality that shaped God’s people in the past, forms the church today, and leads us into the future. Each chapter offers cantors who pray and sing the psalms a better understanding of the role of the psalms in shaping faith. Kathleen Harmon is known as the author of Music Notes, a popular column in the journal Liturgical Ministry. Becoming the Psalms showcases some of her finest entries as well as new material exploring the relationship between praying the psalms privately and praying them liturgically, as well as the function of the responsorial psalm as proclamation.
For almost three thousand years, people have prayed and sung the Psalms. Like those who have gone before us, when we are filled with joy, we will discover fuel in these ancient songs for even higher praises. And when we are going through the valley of deepest darkness, we will find in the Psalms light shining upon us, driving the shadows of doubt away. Prayers on Fire includes 365 prayers inspired by the book of Psalms from the heart-felt Passion Translation. Each day contains an excerpt from the Psalms and then a prayer from the heart, providing an expression of faith and worship for sincere worshipers. Open your heart as you open the pages of this book. Here you will find God as your shelter of strength. "As I'm hidden within your greatness, I discover your eternal purposes. In love and humility I bow before you, my awe-inspiring God. The way you watch over me, infuses me with confidence and courage. You are my source; I draw life from the waters of your love. Walking step by step with you brings me joy unlike I've ever known. Your Word illuminates my path, and wherever I go, I flourish. No matter the season, I'm blessed--established firmly in you." (Inspired by Psalm 1:2)
The author, Daniel Bourguet, addresses readers as a friend on a potentially difficult pathway along which we need to proceed one step at a time. We have to know exactly where we are since it is easy to lose our way, but we discover and are led through 150 doorways into a marvelous edifice. This is no scholarly discussion of prayer but a steady progress towards prayer from a pure heart.
The Psalms are about passion, and you should feel passionately when you read them. The Psalmist poured out his soul to God concerning the things that deeply moved him. As you read the Psalms, you are taking a peak into his heart. As you do you will cry when he weeps, shout when he rejoices, burn when he gets angry and fall on your face when he worships God. Praying the Psalms is a wonderful way to meet God every day in your private devotions. You cannot get closer to God than when you pray the Scriptures, since the book of Psalms reflects the heart of God. Therefore, you will get close to His heart when you pray the Psalms. —DR. BILL BRIGHT Praying the Psalms carefully shapes the Psalms into personal prayers enabling you to identify with the Psalmist as he prayed. Dr. Towns delicately presents the Psalms as a living language that will move you from your feet to your knees.