The Psalms – A Biblical Guide to Worshiping God We live in a culture that celebrates self-expression. Reality TV shows are constantly squirreling contestants aside to ask what they think about others on the show. On talk shows, people expose their greatest personal and relational struggles. Society encourages us to say how we feel without any filter for our sin or reference to the God who made and sustains us. In the Psalms we find raw honesty – expressions of immense sadness, anger, joy, anxiety, etc. The Psalms give expression to the full range of human emotions, but they do so always with reference to the God who made us and stands as Judge and Savior above us. How do we worship God when others have wronged us? The Psalms instruct us every conceivable situation as to how we should express our thoughts to our loving heavenly Father and ultimately how to worship him through all situations in life.
Suggestions for Incorporating the Psalms into Family Devotions
- Over the course of this month, have everyone in the family memorize the same Psalm (suggestion: Psalm 19). Then, when the family takes a walk or is in the car together, take turns reciting parts of the psalm.
- Read a psalm or part of a psalm together at a family meal or before bed time. If you read roughly one psalm per day, you will read through the book of Psalms twice per year.
- If your children are facing particular struggles, find a psalm that teaches them how to express their emotions in a God-honoring way.
- In family prayer time, read a psalm slowly verse by verse. Pause after each verse to allow family members to express the ideas in their own words and apply them to their own situations.
- If you have a musically gifted member of the family, invite that person to make up an original melody to a psalm or portion of a psalm.
- Have the whole family draw pictures that illustrate some of the images or metaphors found in a psalm.
- For older children – have a “scavenger hunt” through the Psalms. Everyone is required to find five types of psalms: (1) A psalm that praises God, (2) A psalm that expresses sadness, (3) A psalm that mentions the King, (4) A psalm that expresses repentance, and (5) A psalm that expresses thanksgiving.