David and others pour out their honest emotions through the Psalms. David makes statements like, “God, why have you abandoned me?” The statement reflects more how David is feeling than God’s action.
God is big enough to handle our emotions and feelings!
1. Title the Psalm with the date it was written.
2. Consider keeping the phrases short.
Here is an example of a Psalm written by a father for his son who is struggling with making new friends at school:
Pray Psalm 120912 (written 12-09-12)
Father, be my son’s best friend!
May he experience your presence each day.
Walk with him in the halls at school.
Talk with him as he questions and makes decisions.
Father, bring Godly friends into his life.
Give him courage to reach out to others.
May others be friendly toward him when he most needs it.
Spirit, give him courage to stand for what he believes.
Give him courage to say “no” to negative, ungodly influences.
Give him courage to include you in his daily conversations.
Spirit, help him to be a good friend.
Help him to be respectful.
But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
You are my strength;come quickly to help me.
By Kirk Weaver, author and founder of Family Time Training. FTT trains an average of 8,000+ family members each year. Kirk has written eight books containing Family Time object lessons. Contact Kirk at Family Time Training.