About Bolling Bryant

My ministry is praying for and preaching revival in America. I am also involved in a new ecumenism which is bringing balance to the Church.

Weeping for the Nation

A Great awakening has begun in this nation. Even the uninformed are beginning to feel it. This work has not been done by the Church. It is the work of God alone. He has begun to expose evil in no uncertain terms. Corruption in the political system, in the news medium, and even in many churches is being revealed by God’s light for what it is. This corruption should be shocking, but some people are unfazed. It is just the normal way of life for them. Nonetheless, a large portion of the country is being aroused.

What is missing in this awakening is the prayer of churches. Revival is not being preached. A call to repentance missing from the pulpits. There are some exceptions, of course. Some churches are praying. Many Intercessors are praying. Yet there is still something. Prayer warriors are asking God to fix our nation and then naming the organizations and leaders to be fixed. We need to include ourselves in the ones who need to be fixed.

God is asking His people to repent, not the worldly people. His word is this:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.   (2 Chronicles 7:14)

We need to weep for ourselves and our nation! I had a dream recently. The Lord told me to weep, I asked how long should I weep. He said:

Weeping is not a formula. Weep from the heart and ask others to weep.

Daily Devotions in the New Year

Happy New Year!

I have completed my last chemotherapy this week. I will take a month off and then have my last corrective operation. It has been a challenging year for me but a good one. Cancer is tough but it can also be a good teacher. I have learned important lessons about myself and God. I want to encourage all cancer patients in the struggle. Do not leave God out. He is for you and not against you.

Many thanks to my church and family who prayed faithfully for me. I also want to thank many of you who also prayed for me. You are the intercessors whom God relies upon to move us all forward. My hope is that there will be a spiritual breakthrough for our nation and churches in this New Year. And my hope is that there will be a further breakthrough in me.

I have been thinking about prayer time devotional time with God in the new year. They may complement one another. But there is a danger that a ritual mindset might set in. I often set up an elaborate devotions which I have difficulty keeping. The primary emphasis becomes a matter of completing them. If I do, then I may be proud of myself, but what does this have to do with spending quality time with God. Perhaps I should allow God time to do something for me rather than the other way around?

When we spend time with God we come to know Him. He gives us wisdom, revelation, and an inner strength that the world knows little about. When the circumstances of the world crown in on us we do not lose hope.

He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.   (John 1:11-13)

Thanksgiving Meditation

Take care that you do not forget the LORD your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.  (Deuteronomy 8:10-18)

America is at the crossroads. Some people are saying that she has lost her greatness. Others are saying that she must reclaim her innovative and entrepreneurial drive. They believe that America’s exceptional-ism and prosperity are the result of the skills and ingenuity of her people.

King Nebuchadnezzar had similar thoughts:

Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”

Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”  (Daniel 4:29-32)

Rudyard Kipling read the following poem as a recessional following the celebration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

God of our fathers, known of old–
Lord of our far-flung battle line
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine–
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget – lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The captains and the kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget – lest we forget!

Perhaps the psalmist has said it best:

The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he chose for his inheritance.  (Psalm 33:10-12)

This Thanksgiving Day let us remember to give thanks to God and pray for our nation. May God continue to bless this nation as we once more put our trust in Him. Our forefathers made a covenant with God to be a missionary nation. They secured liberty and freedom by His strength and direction, and they established a sound government through His wisdom and guidance. Let us return to our God with broken and contrite hearts that He will not despise. May He bring about a revival here that will spread throughout our churches and land.

What is true for our nation is also true for us. King David sang this song to God:

The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge.
My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge,
and my Savior, You save me from violence.

I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I was saved from my enemies.  (2 Samuel 22:2-4)

May the God of Our Fathers be our God. May His righteousness, peace, and joy reign in our homes and in our neighborhoods as we celebrate with our family and friends with grateful hearts. Let us remember this Thanksgiving Day to bless His Holy Name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
He forgives all your sins
and heals all your infirmities;
He redeems your life from the grave
and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
He satisfies you with good things,
and your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.  (Psalm 103:1-5)

The Mountain of the Lord

In the last days

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.

Many peoples will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.

Come, descendants of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Intercessors are called up to the Mountain of the Lord to pray with God’s perspective and not their own. Do we have the humility and faith to answer this call or are we still praying our prayer points and instructing God as to what He should do?

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”   (Matthew 17:1-5)

It is Jesus to whom we must listen:

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.  (Psalm 3:3-4)

As intercessors let us come together in agreement with our partners in prayer and seek the presence, peace, and prescription from God. In His presence we will be changed into His likeness, but that is not why we pray. We pray that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Psalm 122: Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem

I was glad when they said unto me,
Let us go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:
whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel,
to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.
For there are set thrones of judgment,
the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
they shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls,
and prosperity within thy palaces.
For my brethren and companions’ sakes,
I will now say, Peace be within thee.
Because of the house of the Lord our God

I will seek thy good.   (Psalm 122)

Muslim Jihadists  are attempting to destroy the nation of Israel. There should be no question about this. As intercessors we are called to pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem. There will be spiritual blessings for us if we do but that should not be our motivation. We must pray for Jerusalem because the whole world depends on Jerusalem. Jesus will soon be returned to Jerusalem and our prayers will hasten His return. He will return to rule on this earth. There will be no hope for peace in this world until He does.

In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.  (Zechariah 12:6-10)

Confessing One to Another

How important is it that we confess our sins one to another? This is probably not a common practice in most churches or prayer groups. The Book of James tells us that it is important:

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.   (James:13-16)

Of course, the size of the group could be a factor. Intimacy between participants is necessary for mutual confessions. Large prayer groups would almost preclude such a practice. There may be other disadvantages to a large prayer group as well which we will not address here. 

There is a corollary of drawing near to our fellow prayer warriors and that is our ability to draw near to God:

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness,we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.   (1 John 1:5-10)

Praying Psalm 90

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
they are like the new grass of the morning:
In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.   (Psalm 90:1-6)

The implied message of this psalm should not be overlooked. Humankind’s ultimate destiny is not this world but the Kingdom of God. This has been God’s plan from the beginning.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.   (Psalm 139:13-14)

Everything on this earth is temporal. God is eternal and He has destined us to live in eternity with Him. We were never meant to be temporal, but If we hold on to this world we will find that we really have nothing to which to cling because this world is passing away.

Praying with Passion

The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months.

And [then] he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops [as usual].  (James 5:16-18 AMP)

A righteous person earnestly praying with passion is incredibly persuasive. When we pray does not God wants us to pray from our heart, to pray from our gut? Do we believe that our overly pious polite prayers will influence God? The problem with such prayers may be that all the emphasis is placed on God. Perhaps God requires us to pray with passion.

We are living in a time when great passion is required. Do we not comprehend the urgency of our day. We look at the state of America. Do we see people celebrating the right to kill their children? Do we see our leaders declaring that we are not a Christian nation? Now some of these same leaders are declaring that our founding fathers were terrorists? How crazy has our time become!

It may be that America has gone beyond the point where a political solution may not be adequate. What may be required is a full-fledged spiritual revival. That revival may not come without our prayers of passion.

Praying Psalm 97

The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
and consumes his foes on every side.
His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all peoples see his glory.

All who worship images are put to shame,
those who boast in idols—
worship him, all you gods!

Zion hears and rejoices
and the villages of Judah are glad
because of your judgments, Lord.
For you, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
Let those who love the Lord hate evil,
for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light shines on the righteous
and joy on the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous,
and praise his holy name.

We serve a great God. He is transcendent and “exalted far above all gods.” God is also with us. He is Emmanuel. Why would we worship any other god, be it in the heavenlies or on earth? Psalm 97 offers to God the highest praise. We cannot exercise the praying of this psalm too often.

Do we want His protection and blessing? Then we must live righteously. Yet we cannot be righteous without Him. But when we praise Him, trust Him, and enter into His presence we yield to the God that makes us righteous:

“Keep my commands and follow them. I am the Lord. Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the Lord, who made you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord.”   (Leviticus 22:31-33)

I Have a Dream Today

I have a ream that my four little children will me day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.   MLK

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. His dream was also God’s dream. God wants us to talk about our dreams but He wants those dreams be in accordance with His will. As prophets and intercessors we have a responsibility to speak God’s Word and not put our priorities before His:

Am I a God near by, says the LORD, and not a God far off? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the LORD. I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, “I have dreamed, I have dreamed!” How long? Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn back– those who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart? They plan to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, just as their ancestors forgot my name for Baal. Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the LORD. Is not my word like fire, says the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?   (Jeremiah 23:23-29)

Does God want the elevation of homosexuality?

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.   (Leviticus 18:21)

Do we think we can mix our misguided dreams in with God’s Holy Word? As intercessors and prophets we need to stay focused on God. We need to pray with His understanding and not ours.

Lord, my heart is not haughty,
Nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.   (Psalm 131:1-2)

Today let us honor a great prophet and intercessor: Martin Luther King Jr. He dreamed God’s dream and spoke our boldly in His name. How our nations needs leaders life him today.

Praying Psalm 119

Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Book of Psalms. It is an acrostic poem. Its stanzas of begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Praying the whole psalm would be a lengthy proposition for many who are not accustomed to formal or liturgical prayers. I have found that there are times when liturgical prayers are able to provide a great deal of comfort as well as meaning. Psalm 119 takes us through a whole range of emotions and life situations. It also provides a fairly complete teaching on the value and beauty of the commandments of God. The psalm is a celebration of the commandments by one who still seeks a greater understanding of them and a fervent desire to keep them.

Here is a wonderful synopsis of the psalm contained within the psalm:

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.
I have suffered much;
preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
and teach me your laws.   (Psalm 119:105-108)

Praying Psalm 63

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.   (Psalm 63:1-8)

If God had never done anything for us than to give us life we should still praise Him. We praise Him for who He is. He is the creator of all life. The psalmist David writes that God’s love is better than life itself. What purpose would there be for life if it were not to know and fellowship with the Great God of the universe? How impoverished our lives would be without God.

Do we earnestly seek God? Do we thirst for Him? Does our God satisfy us? Prayer is about companionship with God. Our life has been given to us so that we might seek God.

The Silent Prayer

If we are not careful we may believe that prayer is more about our words than God’s Word. Prayer is our connection to God. Are we connected to Him by our words alone? Does not God require a heart connection?

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.   (Jeremiah 29:13)

As an exercise in prayer I have found it helpful to pray to God sometimes without words. I call it the silent prayer. The psalmist wrote:

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.  (Psalm 46:10-11)

Being still before God is a large part of praying. I do not do it well. Thus, as an exercise I might simply wait upon God so that I may listen to Him. But how does one make a connection with God without words?

God teaches us how. Sometimes He will come to us and we will feel His presence before He says anything to us. John Wesley wrote: “My heart was strangely warmed.”

Our goal must be to warm the heart of God. We sit silently and just adore God with our heart and soul. Some might say that they always adore God. That may be true. For me I find that I must practice adoring God. The silent prayer is a vehicle to do that.

A silent prayer is not a passive prayer. Our adoration is active. We simply worship and adore God from our heart as we actively wait upon Him. If we are silent we may hear Him speak to us. He may do so or He may just return our love with His greater love without any words. When we were courting we were content simply to gaze upon our love-one. He or she would gaze back. Words were not always necessary.

Prayer As an Awareness of God’s Love

The essence of prayer is our love toward God and receiving His love. Knowing that God loves us and remaining in a constant awareness of His love is essential to prayer. In fact, this state of mind and heart is prayer itself.

We should never doubt God’s love, even in difficult circumstances. God has proven His love through the cross of Christ:

 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.   (1 John 4:7-9)

In this life we experience tests and trials which might make us wonder sometimes about God’s love. We also may feel under conviction about our sin and mistake that conviction for condemnation. Conviction is not condemnation.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.   (John 3:16-17)

Our Father God loves us. Let us remain in an awareness of His love:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (Romans 8:38-39)

Let us settle on our love relationship with God. Let us allow that relationship to inform our lives and all our prayers. We tend to stray from the commandments of God when we believe that He no longer loves us. This is never true. Our truth must be to trust His love and remain in an awareness of His love. In this awareness we have strength to resist temptation.

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.   (John 15:9-10)

Living and abiding in God’s love provides the power behind all prayer.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.  (John 15:7-8)

Praying Psalm 62

Psalm 62 is about putting our trust in God:

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down —
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me
from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.   (Psalm 62:1-8)

Do we always fight our own battles of do we entrust them to the Lord? King was facing overwhelming odds. He needed a word from God. God spoke to him through the prophet:

Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.

He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Is our cause just? Then God will be on our side. We will call upon Him if we trust Him. He will accomplished more than we ever could. The enemy is cunning. He will attempt to trick us and to trip us up. There is a good chance that he might get away with it, but he will not fool God. God will accomplish more than we could ask for or imagine.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.   (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Praying Psalm 32

Blessed is the one
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord does not count against them
    and in whose spirit is no deceit.

When I kept silent,
    my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
    your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
    as in the heat of summer.[b]

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
    my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
    will not reach them.
You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
    which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
    or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
    but the Lord’s unfailing love
    surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
    sing, all you who are upright in heart!

This psalm speaks for itself. We are challenged to live holy before the Lord. This we all able to do with His continual help. This psalm is a prayer for help. We are to make our confession before God and not try to cover up our sins. We do not have to cover them because the good news it that God covers them for us.

What is so wonderful about this psalm is that it contains God’s answer to the psalmist. In our prayers do we wait for His answer?

Praying Psalm 18

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.  (Psalm 18:1-3)

Psalm 18 offers to God the highest praise. The psalmist extols a virtuous and victorious God. Let us use this psalm to offer up our own praise and thanksgiving to God.

As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.  (Psalm 18:30-33)

God is not only a rock but He is our rock upon which we can stand. We do not have to go it alone. Even through difficult circumstances we can rely upon God to protect us and keep us safe. Habakkuk echoes this psalm beautifully:

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.   (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

Psalm 18 ends where it begins. God is our rock. He is to be exalted as our Savior and defender. It is God who avenges us. Thus, we must leave all judgement in His hands. Our task is only to trust Him and praise Him.

The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!
He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me,
who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
from a violent man you rescued me.
Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing the praises of your name.   (Psalm 18:46-49)

Praying Psalm 37

Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.   (Psalm 37:1-9)

Some of the greatest enemies of prayer are our daily distractions. We fret and we worry. Before we truly enter into prayer we must learn to leave these distractions behind. Yet it is often there distractions that lead us to prayer. This should not be. A prayer is a call by God to enter into His presence. He will then direct how we pray.

Psalm 37 is a centering prayer. It helps us focus on God and not our circumstances. We are invited by God to be still before Him. Satan, at the same time, is inviting us to think about all the injustices in our life and in the world. Our anger or anxiety will not be able to correct these injustices. Only God can do this and He will direct our prayers accordingly.

Praying Psalm 148

Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
young men and women,
old men and children.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
And he has raised up for his people a horn,
the praise of all his faithful servants,
of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord.

There are so many reasons to praise the LORD. He is the creator of the universe and the author of life. As great as these things are, Psalm 148 adds a perspective that extends even beyond these reasons to praise the LORD. God is above His creation. He is greater than life itself. The psalmist writes:

His splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

In another psalm a psalmist writes:

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.  (Psalm 63:2-4)

How great is our God? Is He worthy of our highest praise? Let us remember why we praise God. He has done great things for us. Nonetheless, He is worthy of praise because of who He is and because of the very nature of His Being and character. God is love itself.

When we have down, when we find it difficult to praise God, let us remember why we have been created. We have been given our very lives just to know how great is our God so that we might extend to Him the glory due His name.

Praying Psalm 130, De profundis

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.   (Psalm 130:1-6)

Have you ever experienced what has been described as a “dark night of the soul?” It is a time when we might be in great need and cry out to God for help and He does not immediately answer us. Such times may come to believers and “unbelievers” alike.

In the Old Testament, Job experienced such a time. We remember that his calamities were real and not imagined. He had experienced great personal loss and then great physical pain to his b his body. The advice his wife gave him was to “curse God and die.” His many friends were not much help either. Although scripture tells us that Job was head and shoulders above his peers in faith, it was assumed by his friends that he must have offended God in some grave way. Job knew that he had not which made his situation all the more unbearable to him.

In times life this it is most helpful to have friends who will offer true support without being judgmental. In other words, we need real prayer partners. Jesus called Peter, James, and John to pray with Him at Gethsemane. They fell asleep on Him. He asked them: “Could you not watch and pray for one hour?”

Lest us turn our focus to Psalm 130. It is surely a prayer. But notice that there is no anger against God in the prayer. There is no apparent unbelief that God will not hear the prayer or that He will not act. But there is waiting. So much of the “dark night” is the waiting.

I have stood the night watch aboard a ship and waited for my relief to come. At times it seemed that he was slow in coming up to the bridge to relieve me of my watch duties. The waiting on God is even more than this type of waiting writes the psalmist. Nonetheless, during the period of waiting the psalmist keeps things in perspective. God is still good. He is forgiving. His Word is still trustworthy.

Do we pray this way with such reverence towards God in similar situations? God may put us to the test. He will test our faith. He will test our resolve. Job passed his test. Praise to God that Jesus passed His test for He died for our sins that we might have eternal life. We will pass the test too. But we will need to pray the prayer of De proifundis. “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord.”

Our prayer is not a shallow prayer. It is not an overly polite or overly pious prayer. It comes our of the depths of our soul. It is a fervent prayer.

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”   (James 4:8-10)

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.   (James 5:15-16)

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.   (James 1:12)