January 2014

Using the Psalms to Talk to God

Do you ever wonder what to say to God? After all, you are talking to the very creator of this universe. What does God want us to tell him? How do we teach our children to talk to God if we aren’t sure how to approach him?

The book of Psalms gives good clues about how to talk to God. The psalms say that we can discuss anything and everything with him. God wants to hear about what we think and feel—absolutely everything. Here are some examples:

Are you feeling like praising God for his amazing works? Check out Psalm 18. “I love you, Lord. You give me strength. The Lord is my rock and my fort. He is the One who saves me. My God is my rock. I go to him for safety.”

Are you scared or feeling all alone? Read Psalm 13. “Lord, how long must I wait? Will you forget me forever? How long must my heart be sad day after day? How long will my enemies keep winning the battle over me?”

Are you feeling bad because you know you’ve messed up? Psalm 51 might help. “I know the lawless acts I’ve committed. I can’t forget my sin. You are the one I’ve really sinned against…Let me hear you say, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ That will bring me joy and gladness.”

Are you jealous of someone else? Psalm 73 says “I saw that proud and sinful people were doing well. And I began to long for what they had...They don’t have the problems others have. They don’t suffer as other people do.”

The psalms tell us that we can tell God about everything—both good and bad. Try praying the psalms aloud—alone and as a family.

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