Praying the Psalms

Resources for Rejoicing in Prayer

As we explored in our series, Lifestyle of Jesus, rejoicing is a central aspect of prayer! And what better way to rejoice than to experience and participate in the Psalms? Check out these resources to go deeper in the Psalms and prayer.

Books on Psalms

Pslams: Prayer Book
of the Bible

By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer explains one of his secrets behind the powerful witness of his own life: that he had learned to pray the Psalms and from them drew on the power of God in his years of imprisonment. This new edition includes a brief biographical sketch, which helps us understand the man who used the Psalms as his prayer book.

Answering God: The Psalms
as a Tool of Prayer

By Eugene Peterson

Eugene H. Peterson speaks to Christians who realize the necessity for prayer and yearn for it but who find their prayer unconvincing and unsatisfying. Addressing the causes of this dissatisfaction, Answering God offers guidelines for using the Psalms as dynamic tools for prayer.

Videos on the Psalms

Intro to the Psalms
By Bible Project

Overview of the Psalms
By Bible Project

Praying the Psalms

How to Pray through the Psalms

Article From Donald S. Whitney

As a whole, the psalms comprise the best place in Scripture from which to pray Scripture. I base that on the original purpose for which God inspired the psalms. The book of Psalms—which means “book of praises” in Hebrew—was the songbook of Israel. The psalms were inspired by God for the purpose of being sung to God.

It is as though God said to his people, “I want you to praise me, but you don’t know how to praise me. I want you to praise me not because I’m an egomaniac but because you will praise that which you prize the most, and there is nothing of greater worth to you than I. There is nothing more praiseworthy than I, and it is a blessing for you to…”read the full article.

Psalm of the Day

Download, print, and cut out this simple chart to help you read through 1 psalm every day.

5 Psalms App

This app looks up today’s date, does the math, and displays 5 psalms for the day.

How to Pray The Psalms

By 24/7 Prayer Course

The simplest approach to the Psalms is to work through them systematically, and there is great benefit in this approach. You could start by praying two Psalms a day – out loud – allowing the ancient, sacred words to become your prayer. Alternatively, it can also be helpful to pray the Psalms thematically. A helpful schematic for a thematic approach to the Psalms is suggested by Walter Brueggemann in his book Spirituality of the Psalms. He suggests 3 categories: orientation – disorientation – new orientation. 

Singing the Psalms

EveryPsalm: Free, Psalm-Based Songs Each Wednesday

By Poor Bishop Hooper

EveryPsalm is a project made up of weekly musical releases accompanied by visual art. Each song is based directly on a psalm, many lyrics being word-for-word from the scriptures. Whether you want to download directly, stream, or listen on the website, all of the content is available for free.