Not only am I studying through and praying through the Psalms, I am also teaching through them in our small group. Last night, we studied Psalm 18. So this morning, I thought it would be appropriate to post a "Praying Through the Psalms" on Psalm 18.
I love you, O lord my strength. You are my rock. When nothing else is sure in my life, I know I can count on you. You are my foundation for living. You are my fortress. When the stress of this world and the attacks of the enemy become too much to bear, I flee to you, to hide in your shelter. I take refuge in you. In you I find rest and peace. I am able to relax, take a deep breath, and soak in your presence. You even deliver me from my enemy and the circumstances of living in a fallen world. I call upon you, and you deliver me. You, my God, are worthy to be praised. It blows my mind that I am able to simply call out to you, and you hear my cry. Because of your love for me, you are moved to anger when I am being attacked by the evil one. Who am I that you would care so much about me? I honestly don't understand why you would even give me the time of day. But you have rescued me from my sin because you delight in me! Who am I that you should care for me at all? And yet, you not only care but delight in me. So to whom else would I run, when you have been so good to me? You are blameless and true, and I place all of my faith and hope in you. You are my shield and my refuge. You have saved me and continue to uphold me. You are the only living God. May you be blessed and exalted forever. You are the Great Deliverer. Therefore, I will thanks to you publicly so that many others will come to know you as I know you.