Many years ago when I was having trouble praying, I found an approach
that turned my prayer life around. It may even have turned my life around.
I don't know if someone suggested it to me, or if I discovered it on my
own. But it grew out of an attempt to spend more time with God in prayer
when I didn't really have an awful lot to say.
What I did was to pray as long as I could and then, still on my knees
and with my Bible open before me, I started to read the first Psalm and
then, I simply talked to God about it. When I finished, I put a mark in my
Bible and went on to Psalm 2. I have two Bibles, and I have gone through
both of them doing this–several times.
I recommend this method to you, but I know in the modern world, people
have so little time and are on the go so much, that they need a little
help. So, I have read the psalms onto tape and they are now available from
Christian Educational Ministries on tape or CD.
The Collection of Books known as the Psalms is included in that section of
the Hebrew Bible called "The Writings." There are five recognized divisions in
the text, and the links to each of these divisions is seen to the left.
The default translation in this section is the my own paraphrase of the Authorized King James
Version. When I began to read the Bible, it was the only version
generally available. I learned quickly to paraphrase the English of the
17th century, and that is what I do in sermons or radio programs. So I do
it here as well.
This is a work in
progress, and I may not yet have corrected variants in some of the Psalms.
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