Play It Again
You are the King of glory. I set my heart on You and live my life to bring You honor. May I continually bless Your heart.
Do you have favorite psalms to express yourself in prayer?
This psalm is something of a "greatest hits" medley in that it's actually excerpts from two other psalms! Verses 1 to 5 are from Psalm 57:7-11, and verses 6-13 are from Psalm 60:5-12.
Previously the verses were linked to specific events. Psalm 57 was associated with the time David hid in a cave from King Saul, and Psalm 60 was probably written after some key battle defeats for Israel. But, in removing them from their original setting and putting them together like this, they made a whole new song, with a whole new meaning. And, by transforming the words from historical laments into liturgy (for use in a worship service), they are opened up to an everyday application.
At the center of the psalm is the glory of God (5). That glory is established in our hearts by a determination to worship (1-4), and made real as we carry him into difficult situations and ask for his help (6-13).
So remember, if you feel lost when trying to pray, and you don't have the words ... you can always recycle old ones.
Express your love to our faithful God though your own words as well as through the words of the Psalms and other songs.
Lord, Your love is higher than the heavens and Your faithfulness stretches to the skies. You are altogether lovely!