Praying the Psalms

I have been looking for a way to group the psalms into topics that I can use as some sort of table of content when I need to quickly select a psalm to meditate and pray. I stumbled on a site called Creative Prayer that has done something similar, though a little rudimentary, and I decided to share the compilation here.  Christian Net has also made a similar effort.

The Psalms are prayers and songs written by king David and many other Jewish people based on Hebrew patterns of thought and poetry. The Psalms paint a picture of the complete range of human emotion and need and can serve as a tool for us to start or deepen our intimacy with God through prayer.  Many people throughout the centuries have found the psalms to be  an invaluable resource for prayer. We can choose a psalm that speaks to our prevailing needs and be sure that we can use it as a springboard into our own personal encounter with God.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR DISCIPLESHIP

“For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?” Luke 14:28 NLT

To be a disciple of Jesus, he advises us to sit down and calculate the cost to see if we want to truly follow him. Jesus cannot simply be our Savior. He must also be the Lord of our lives. We must devote ourselves to him fully. Below, we take a look at a few verses by Jesus himself and break them down into his requirements for being his disciple.

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Why Abortion is Wrong: Bible Verses Showing God’s Will on Abortion.

God is our maker

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 NLT

“Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100.3 NIV

“What will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account? 15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?” Job 31:14-51

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The different wills of God

The Bible speaks of the “will of God” in several different ways. Below, I share with you some of the ways I learned from pastor Bob Deffinbaugh

1. The predestined / sovereign / decreed will of God. This is the eternal, predestined, foreordained plan and purpose of God. It cannot be changed or thwarted. This includes
– Salvation (Ephesians 1:3-6, etc.)
– His choice and calling of Israel (Romans 11:1-2, 29).
– God’s covenant promises in the Bible.

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The Will of God – by R. C. Sproul

The Bible is deeply concerned about the will of God—His sovereign authority over His creation and everything in it. When we speak about God’s will we do so in at least three different ways. The broader concept is known as God’s decretive, sovereign, or hidden will. By this, theologians refer to the will of God by which He sovereignly ordains everything that comes to pass. Because God is sovereign and His will can never be frustrated, we can be sure that nothing happens over which He is not in control. He at least must “permit” whatever happens to happen. Yet even when God passively permits things to happen, He chooses to permit them in that He always has the power and right to intervene and prevent the actions and events of this world. Insofar as He lets things happen, He has “willed” them in this certain sense.

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The Poor in Spirit, meaning

In his book, The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer has a beautiful chapter that he titles: “The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing.” This title is a beautiful recasting of the message of Matt. 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. Elsewhere the Bible says, “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb” Rev. 19:9. Salvation is not for the rich but for the poor in spirit. In Mark 2:17, Jesus says,  “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” The spiritual blessing of the kingdom of God is reserved for those who possess no spiritual wealth at all, those who are poor in spirit.

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