Psalm 6:1-10 Man of Sorrows Our tendency is to shy away from David’s intensity. We are inclined to think that these prayers belong to an ancient era this foreign to our modern world. Many view “Christianity” as a relief from this overly serious experience of God and the world. Jesus has come, or so they say, to bolster our self-esteem, improve our marriages, and give us our best life now. We are tempted to think of religion in the same way we think of sports and entertainment, as necessary mood changers.
David is passionate about being heard by Yahweh. One can almost hear the tone of desperation in his voice. “Listen, God!” ought to be set off in bold letters. Episcopalians are familiar with the liturgical term Morning Prayer. It is used to describe an orderly and reverent worship service. But are we familiar with the psalmist’s passion to be heard by God?
Psalm 4 Yahweh is my Peace The psalmist begins the day feeling trapped and dangerously vulnerable, but he ends the day in shalom. Yahweh is his righteousness, exaltation, joy, and peace.
Psalm 66 Resilient Thanksgiving We are meant to worship our way into feelings, not feel our way into worship.
Psalm 3 The Father’s Peace When evil throws a coup and threatens to undo everything, what do you do? When your enemy rises up against you to ruin your life, what do you do? You pray!