Prayer of submission

Teach me your way, Lord,

that I may rely on your faithfulness;

give me an undivided heart,

that I may fear your name.

This prayer of submission is based on Psalm 86. You may find it useful to pray this prayer when opening the scriptures for study or when praying that God would increase your faith during a difficult situation.

Psalms: Haiku style

I was meditating on the Psalms last night and in the process a few bubbled back out in Haiku form. Bit rough but I thought I would share them.

Psalm 19
The heavens declare
The glory of God and the
Skies proclaim his strength

Psalm 42

My soul thirsts for God
He’s been elusive of late
Tears have been my food.

Psalm 47
Within your temple
We meditate on your love.
Unfailing. Awesome.

Meditation in the Psalms

The Psalms are an excellent place to begin exploration of biblical meditation. Following are excepts of the more explicit references. I’ve left the more implicit ones out as this post is already excessively long. Often the whole psalm is a meditation so make sure you check out the psalms in their entirity if this wets your appetite. One thing to remember – the Psalms are not inherrantly Christian unless you view them from a New Testament context. Readers need to consider: how did Jesus reframe the law and embody the work of God?

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1:2

In your anger do not sin;
When you are on your beds,
Search your hearts and be silent.
Psalm 4:4

When I consider your heavens,
The work of your fingers,
The moon and the stars,
Which you have set in place,
What is man that you are mindful of him,
The son of man that you care for him?
Psalm 8:3-4

May the words of my mouth
And the meditation of my heart
Be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
Do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
When they carry out their wicked schemes.
Psalm 37:7

My heart grew hot within me,
And as I meditated, the fire burned;
Then I spoke with my tongue:
Psalm 39:3

Be still, and know that I am God
Psalm 46:10

Within your temple, O God,
We meditate on your unfailing love.
Psalm 48:9

My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
The utterance of my heart will give understanding.
Psalm 49:3

On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Psalm 63:6

I remembered you, O God, and I groaned;
I mused, and my spirit grew faint.
Psalm 77:3

I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart mused and my spirit inquired:
Psalm 77:6

I will meditate on all your works
And consider all your mighty deeds.
Psalm 77:12

May my meditation be pleasing to him,
As I rejoice in the LORD.
Psalm 104:34

Look to the Lord and his strength;
Seek his face always.
Psalm 105:4

Great are the works of the Lord;
They are pondered by all who delight in them.
Psalm 111:2

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Psalm 111:10

I meditate on your precepts
And consider your ways.
Psalm 119:15

Open my eyes that I may see
Wonderful things in your law.
Psalm 119:18

Though rulers sit together and slander me,
Your servant will meditate on your decrees.
Psalm 119:23

Let me understand the teaching of your precepts;
Then I will meditate on your wonders.
Psalm 119:27

I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love,
And I meditate on your decrees.
Psalm 119:48

May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;
But I will meditate on your precepts.
Psalm 119:78

Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
Psalm 119:97

I have more insight than all my teachers,
For I meditate on your statutes.
Psalm 119:99

My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
That I may meditate on your promises.
Psalm 119:148

I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
And consider what your hands have done.
Psalm 143:5

They will speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty,
And I will meditate on your wonderful works.
Psalm 145:5