You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Earlier this week I shared about a favorite Journaling Prompt I enjoy which allows me to experience great intimacy with the Lord and also inspires my poetry and prose writing.
You can read the first part of this process in this post: Discover Intimacy with God Through Journaling Scripture
Today I am sharing the springboard from paraphrase to personalizing the words into prayer…and there are no rules, this is just something that has been a blessing in my own time with the Lord.
My goal is to encourage you to prayerfully experiment and explore scripture as you study and implore the Lord- may HE open your eyes to His beauty, majesty and presence in precious ways that touch you deeply!
I have started with the original passage of scripture, then you see my personal paraphrase, and in italics/underlined you see my prayer. It will be helpful to read my prior post . I have included some journaling prompts at the end. As always, please reach out if I can support you in any way on your own journaling journey!
Psalm 150 (Personally Paraphrased and Prayed)
Psalm 150 New (NIV)
1 Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
Here is my take:
Praise the Lord. Lord, I do offer you my wholehearted praise.
Praise the Lord in His holy places; I praise you in all the places you are and I am!
praise Him under His forever skies. Lord, I praise you under the skies you created.
Praise Him for the things He does that make you pause in wonder; I praise you for the way you are always in all things, though I don’t always understand everything.
praise Him for His perfect beauty. I praise you, for your are the essence of beauty.
Praise Him with every sound you make, Lord, I praise you with all I say and do.
praise Him with the instrument of your body, I praise you with the my physical self, with my lungs that breathe, and blood that flows…
praise Him in all you do, I praise you as I come and go, live and move, think,
praise Him with every thought you have, I praise you with the unseen as well as the seen imaginings I own, or have disowned, or long to forget.
praise Him with your inner-most being, I am yours, and apart from you I am nothing, knowing you and knowing you know me defines my existence…
Let every breath you breathe acknowledge His perfection. I am perfect in my praise to you, for you see my beauty, accept me completely; you alone dwell in perfection and holiness, and in you, I breathe easy- have peace.
Questions to direct your heart for discovery in journaling today:
When was the last time you experienced childlike wonder in your quiet time with the Lord, or just as you went about your day?
What is one memory you have of childhood worship, prayer, connection to God? Whatever it is – allow yourself to jot it down.
Without judging the memory that comes to mind, allow yourself to journal through it and seek the Lord for insight, healing, correction or clarification on the memory.
May your journaling lead you to discovery and delight as you seek the Lord in prayer!
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