Psalms: Learning to Walk with God

We began a sermon series in January on the Psalms to help us grow deeper in our walk with the Lord. We desire to deepen our prayer lives and learn how to listen to the Lord in the Scriptures so that our prayers become answers, more than anything, to the initiative that God takes with us as he shapes our souls more into conformity with his own character and will.

The Psalms are the prayer book of the ancients, and have been used throughout church history to teach the language of prayer through the art of listening and meditating upon the nature and character of God, his law, and his mighty works. This kind of prayer is counter to the fastpaced, entertainment-driven lifestyles that our culture inculcates. We must therefore be committed to learning new habits and willing to approach the Psalms with the faith of a child, ready to receive whatever it is the Lord chooses to give.

In order to learn how to read and pray the Psalms, we’ll draw upon the works of the Puritans and Jonathan Edwards and their experience with revivals; Luther and Calvin from the reformed tradition; St. Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, and Theres of Avila from the counter-reformation movement; and also Augustine, who is perhaps the greatest theologian of all the post-apostolic church fathers.

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