Praying Through The Psalms – Psalm 16

It's interesting that most of the personal comments I receive regarding my blog are about the prayers that I post. And as I've tracked the traffic to my site, I've noticed that most of the people that have visited from a search engine were searching for prayers.

Lately, I've been praying through the Psalms. I've done it before, and it's always beneficial to my walk with God. I've mentioned that to a couple of people, and they don't quite get what that means. I've tried to explain it like this: I read the Psalm for the day and use the the words and theme of the Psalm to direct me as I pray. I usually write it out in a prayer journal as I go.

Anyway, because of these recent observations, I've decided to add a new element to my blog: Praying Through the Psalms. For this element, I will post a prayer that I recorded in my prayer journal. I won't post them everyday, but I will post them periodically as I feel so inclined. The Psalm which directed the prayer will be in the title. For this to be fully benefical, you should first read the Psalm, and then read the post. This is not because I feel like my prayers are so special. Actually, what I hope happens is that people will read them and realize how simple and un-special they are, and realize that anyone can do it. If you practice this, you will be blessed by it. I promise.

O Lord, you are my Lord. There is no good in my life except you and those things you have given me. Lord, I praise you this morning because you are my inheritance. You are my everything. You are my life. You have directed every aspect of my life, and things have gone well for me. Life is not always perfect. Sometimes it even sucks. But because you are in control of my fate, my heritage is beautiful to me. I will bless you, O Lord, for you have counseled me and instructed me and you have given me the grace to follow it. Lord, I have set you continually before me. You are always on my mind. I know that it is you who is guiding and directing me and enabling me through your power. Because of your power in my life, I will not be shaken. Even in difficult times, my heart is glad, and I rejoice in you because I know that you are in control and will not abandon me. My path is certain and my destination is secured. When I don't know what to do, you will make known to me the right path. I will follow you anywhere, even into the deepest darkest abyss, because I want to go wherever I can experience your presence and your power. In your presence there is fullness of joy. And even if I should die, I will go to be with you where there are pleasures forever. When I am on your team, everything is a win-win. To live is Christ. To die is gain.
  • Mike Hudson

    I know this is supposed to be serious and thoughtful, but I couldn’t help laughing while I was reading it. “Sometimes it sucks” I was expecting, ‘it is difficult’ or something to that effect. Instead it’s very personal, it’s not supposed to be flashy or awe inspiring. The focus is on God, how it should be.
    Thanks once again for giving me more to think about.
    God Bless,

  • Angie

    Smooth,
    I just started going to Journey back in July and *no one* there knows this about me yet (in fact, no one there really knows *me* yet, or I’d ask you to remove this comment). My step-mom was murdered 3 years ago – the anniversary of that day is Sept 10 – coming up very soon, and she’s been on my mind a lot. We were close, and I loved her very much. As we were going through her personal things my Dad found that when you opened her cell phone the face said “Psalm 16:6.” The whole Psalm was read at her burial, and it was put on those little cards we gave away to people who showed up for calling hours. Since that day it has always been known to me as, “Lynnie’s Psalm.”
    I tell you that to tell you this …
    When I started reading this prayer, I was maybe three sentences in when I got chills. I can *never* remember the number of the Psalm so that didn’t occur to me when I saw the title. But I read the first three lines of your prayer and I felt the chills and I said (out loud, to no one, LOL), “That’s Lynnie’s Psalm!” When I read “my heritage is beautiful to me,” I knew for sure.
    For the longest time I was *so angry* at God for what had happened in my family. There’s another aspect to this whole thing that — well, maybe someday I can share — but finally I’ve come home, secure in the knowledge that Lynn is glorifying her Savior in Heaven, and would not want me to waste another moment of my life on anger when there’s so much of it left to willingly lay at God’s feet.
    Thank you for posting something so personal and special.