How Praying Psalm 34 Can Put Your World at Ease

Last night was one of those nights. The kind where I tossed and turned. Got up to go to the bathroom. Then needed a drink. Sleep was not on my horizon. Know what I mean? So when I can't sleep, I reach for my phone and listen to a podcast. Sometimes I'll drift off to sleep as I'm listening, but if not, at least I'm using my time wisely.

My podcast episode of choice last night was Paula White Caine's, Hope for Today. She was exploring Psalm 34. Listen to it here: (PWHFT - Ep84 - A Season Of Overflow)

When I got up this morning I was still taken with chapter 34 in the book of Psalms. So I read it. Then I prayed it. It's written in first person so it's customizable. Can I tell you...

I love that Psalm! And here's why you'll love it too. It will put your world at ease.

Read it here. Then read it again out loud and you'll see how your perspective shifts.

You'll go away knowing in the very depths of your being that God is there. He cares. He knows. And he's gonna make everything o.k. for you.

I had an email from one of our readers in the Pray Like A Pro community a few days ago. He asked for tips on how to pray to his heavenly father. Elijah, I hope you're reading, cause this one's dedicated to you... 😉

Just read. Then read it out loud. Make it your prayer.

Psalm 34 (The Message Paraphrase):

1I bless God every chance I get;
my lungs expand with his praise.
2I live and breathe God;
if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:
3Join me in spreading the news;
together let’s get the word out.
4God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.
5Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from him.
6When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
7God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
8Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
9Worship God if you want the best;
worship opens doors to all his goodness.
10Young lions on the prowl get hungry,
but God-seekers are full of God.
11Come, children, listen closely;
I’ll give you a lesson in God worship.
12Who out there has a lust for life?
Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty?
13Guard your tongue from profanity,
and no more lying through your teeth.
14Turn your back on sin; do something good.
Embrace peace—don’t let it get away!
15God keeps an eye on his friends,
his ears pick up every moan and groan.
16God won’t put up with rebels;
he’ll cull them from the pack.
17Is anyone crying for help? God is listening,
ready to rescue you.
18If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.
19Disciples so often get into trouble;
still, God is there every time.
20He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone;
not even a finger gets broken.
21The wicked commit slow suicide;
they waste their lives hating the good.
22God pays for each slave’s freedom;
no one who runs to him loses out.

I hope you'll sleep good tonight. I know I will because Psalm 34 has put my world at ease. You too?