Psalm 9:1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonder.
Have you ever thought of praying scripture? Years ago I heard a teaching on this idea and it has been a wonderful blessing. Simply put, you personalize scripture so that the verses express what you want to say. But more than that, many are the times that I’m not sure how to pray and they give me the words and the guidance – the path to pray.
Among my favorites are the ones I’ve identified as “The Blue Sections”. (My Bible is kind of highlighted to the hilt!) I have used a blue highlighter to mark over 30 different sections of scripture that focus upon God and His greatness and wonder. They are not about us – they do not include requests for help or assistance. They are declarative about Him.
I frequently found myself at a loss when it came to expressing to God what was in my heart. I wanted to tell Him how wonderful and glorious He was. It occurred to me that scripture describes Him more accurately and effectively that I can. So I searched for those scriptures that did exactly that and marked them in blue. They run the gamut from entire Psalms to a single verse. But when I pray them, personalizing them, my heart rejoices because it is accomplishing what it desires.
For instance Psalm 19:1-4 begins ”The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” When I pray this, I personalize it so it becomes “O Lord, the heavens declare your glory, the skies proclaim the work of your hands!” By using scripture, my affirmations are rooted in eternal truth. I know I am expressing reality and my heart is filled with a sense of accomplishing something so important.
It takes me about 25 – 30 minutes to pray through my Blue Section verses out loud. Frequently, the experience provokes tears of joy and gratitude because it leads to such an intimate experience with God. They help me to praise the Lord with all my heart and tell Him of His wonders!