I wish I knew who I heard this from so I could quote them properly but once I heard someone say:
If you want to learn how to talk to God, read the Psalms
If you want to learn how to talk/deal with people, read Proverbs
I love that! I also love reading Psalms and should probably be more proficient in reading Proverbs. I completely agree with the above quote, I think the Psalms lends such peace as well as freedom in our prayers. It could be compared to the App Store slogan:
Feeling Depressed? There is a Psalm for that.
Feeling Angry? There is a Psalm for that.
Feeling mystified over God? There is a Psalm for that.
Feeling overwhelmed at God’s Goodness? There is a Psalm for that.
Feeling forgotten, amazed at His creation or thankful? Yep, there is a Psalm for that.
David (the other writers too) is so raw in the Psalm’s you can see right where his heart and head are at, you see his feelings, fears and love. I like them because you see that God is able and even encourages a very honest prayer life. David understands the sovereignty of the Lord but still has doubts about where God is in moments of hardship, he questions His plans. He reminds God of His promises to the generations and David tells himself to keep on praising. Did you know that “Oh my soul” is translated to mean “I tell myself”?
The Psalms are so rich! I think not only does the Psalm’s teach us about how to talk to God but it teaches us how God responds to us, how he calms our souls, how he corrects us and that we need to fear to Him. It is an important book of the Bible, one I like Considering.
Psalm 100 is well known but one of my favorites:
Shout Joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter his Gates with thanksgiving And His courts His praise.
Give thanks to him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.
AMEN - so be it!