Praying Psalm 11

During the Wednesday night prayer meetings we have been discussing and practicing praying the Psalms. Part of the process has involved re-writing a Psalm in our own words as our own prayer. The Bible, and particularly the book of Psalms, informs our prayers and should also form our prayers. That is, the words of the Bible should teach us how to pray and the words of Scripture should be the very words of our prayer. We ought to imitate Jesus and let the words of Scripture become the cry of our heart (Psalm 22:1) and we ought to be so thoroughly saturated in the Word of God that we can accurately put its words in our own words.

Psalm 11 is a prayer of David’s when injustice seemed to triumph, when wickedness was on the rise and when he feared for the future of the nation. Psalm 11 reminds us to trust the Lord no matter what is happening in current events. This Psalm shows us how to pray when being persecuted or mocked for righteousness. This Psalm shows us how to pray when wickedness gains political power. “When the foundations of state and society seem to be crumbling, the people of God find refuge in Him.” (Arthur Clarke)

To illustrate and encourage the practice of praying the Psalms below is Psalm 11 and my own prayer based upon this Psalm.

Psalm 11

In the LORD put I my trust:

How say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain? For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

Psalm 11 in my own words

God, I trust in You. Help me trust in You when I am harassed, when I see the righteous opposed and when the foundations of morality are being destroyed. I trust in you God for safety and help.

I praise You because You are still on the throne. You see all that is happening. You judge all the actions of men. I praise you because you are the righteous Judge of every man.

I rejoice in Your judgment because you love righteousness and hate wickedness. I know You will destroy those who seek to destroy the good. I praise You and am comforted by the knowledge that the wicked will not continue to prosper forever. Thank you for being the just God who will bless, reward and uphold the righteous.