Have you ever tried to pray a psalm? It’s an interesting thing to do. Psalms, so charged with emotion, come straight from the psalmist’s heart. When I pray a psalm, I claim those emotionally charged words as my own, and shoot them straight from my own heart. Which is strange because I don’t usually speak that way. I know that those words are divinely inspired, and I know God is pleased with them. Therefore, I believe He is pleased to hear them prayed back to Him.
I recently prayed Psalm 31:1-5 at a ladies’ Bible study. I changed the “I” and “my” to “we” and “our.” It was very simple, but I felt like it was also very suitable, particularly the last verse, committing our spirits into God’s hand.
Praying psalms adds a whole new dimension to my prayer life, and I am the first to admit that a whole new dimension is exactly what it needs most of the time.