Day 179: The same old clichés (Psalm 1-10)

Posted: September 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

Don’t let the title of this post fool you, I’m not saying that the book of Psalms is a book of clichés, it’s actually quite the opposite. The reason why I settled on this title is because Psalms is truly the polar opposite of many of my own prayers to God, you know which ones I’m talking about!

“Dear LORD, I thank you for this day and everything you bless us with. Thank you for [insert praise here]. Please be with [insert prayer request here] …”

Sound familiar? God hears our prayers, but I wonder how much feeling goes into the prayers when we use the same template for everything we do? It’s interesting to think about. Psalms are a collection of praises, prayer requests and songs of worship that defy every cliché because each one is spoken from the heart and with meaning. The language is so rich and filled with passion (mostly from David in tonight’s reading), it’s easy to see that the authors mean what they are saying.

What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor; You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord,how majestic is your name in all the earth! – Psalm 8:4-9

It would take forever to go through he many examples that stood out to me, not only because of the sheer quantity, but also there are so many different types of Psalm – requesting justice, praising God’s name, predicting Jesus’ arrival (Messianic psalm), and others, there is just too much to talk about, so what’s the point tonight?

In tonight’s reading, I go back to David, and compare his honesty to my own before God. Here is a man who bore it all before his God. He let it all hang out! He wore his heart on his sleeve, said what wa son his mind, and got it all out to God, who heard him and blessed him. I may not be a King of Israel, but when I pray to God, where is my passion? Where is my earnestness? Where is my zeal?

Most of the time, it’s probably not even there. It’s easy to get sucked into a routine of prayer. Isn’t that an oxmoronic statement? Prayer is anything but routine! We are talking directly to the creator of the universe! That’s routine?

This was a good intro tonight into the lengthy book of Psalms. I get the feeling this will be a good lesson for me as to how to pray, how to worship and praise, and how to approach our God in times of great joy, as well as great sorrow and trial. It’s good to repeatedly thank God for the blessings in my life, but I see the danger in creating clichés that take away from the earnestness of my one-on-one interaction with God. It’s time to avoid the same old clichés, and approach the LORD with my soul available, no secrets, no lies, no routine!


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