Re:Verse reading—Psalm 27 (day six)

The Psalms are full of beautiful theological truths; there is much to be learned about God from the words the poet is inspired to write, but we not only learn from their content but also their form. Psalm 27 is a wonderful example. David moves from hopeful affirmations, to spiritual longings, and then into prayer. In fact, the majority of Psalm 27 is a prayer.

What can we learn from these forms? We learn that as David works out these truths of God in real life (in this case fear), his faith finds its fullest expression in actual prayer, real, gutsy prayer. The Psalms would lead us to believe, that regardless of what we face in this life, it cannot be devoid of real prayer. In this way prayer becomes the feet of our faith; what we believe and hope in God.

So, let me ask you, do you pray? Does what you believe about God work itself out in real life and find its way into real-life prayer?

Author: Danny Panter

Danny is the Associate Pastor for NextGen Marrieds & Community Missions at FBCSA.

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  1. I found real-life prayers in Psalm 27 and in other chapters of Psalms. Instead of creating our own prayers, I think we can read these scriptures and have a real communication with God. Real-life prayers must be a reflection of our hearts and true feelings!

    A few verses in Psalm 27, for example, we can read these verses in a form of prayers when we seek God if these are suitable for our situations at our times of need and concerns:

    Psalm 27:7~~Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.
    Psalm 27:8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”; Your face, Lord, I will seek.
    Psalm 27:11~~Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.

    The Bible is full of prayers and for impact, we can use them as appropriate when we seek God for His help in response to our specific situations or needs! What are your thoughts on real-life prayers? And what are the most effective way to pray?

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