Here is the next installment of my project of praying through the psalms in one year. My goal in this is to become a better worshiper of God and to let my heart cry out to and glorify Him through my prayers.
So here goes… my prayers are in italics
From the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
1 Answer me when I call to you, oh my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
Lord, I pray that you would help me to discern the answers that you do give. I pray that I can know with certainty what your answer is, and be at peace about it.
2 How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Lord, I pray that you would help me not to believe lies or seek after false gods. Help me to be more enthusiastic about serving and glorifying you than about worshiping and protecting my idols.
3 Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord will hear when I call to him.
Lord, thank you for saving me by your grace, and allowing me to have a relationship with you. I am so thankful that I can talk to you, and that you are involved in my life!
4 In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
Lord, help me to be patient and self-controlled, so that I do not sin, even if I may feel justified. I pray that you would guide me into more frequent time of reflection to search my heart and refocus on you.
5 Offer sacrifices and trust in the Lord.
Lord, I pray that you would give me a heart that wants to serve and sacrifice to you, and that I would do so joyfully, and without fear; but in faith that you take care of all of my needs.
6 Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?”
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.
Lord, I thank you that I have the privilege of knowing who you are, and can know that you provide good things. Thank you for the ways your light has been shining in my life!
7 You have filled my heart with greater joy
than when their grain and new wine abound.
Lord, I thank you that you alone are the greatest source of joy! As wonderful as blessing and prosperity are, you are still greater than all the good things in this world.
8 I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, O Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
Lord, thank you for the protection and peace you have provided in my life. Thank you that I can rest, and be at peace, knowing you are in control of all things, and are a good and trustworthy God.