Praying with the Psalms

No other collection of poetry has influenced the world more than the Book of Psalms. In this episode, Dr. Sri explains the different types of Psalms and how they are a powerful vehicle for prayer.

Snippet from the Show
“The Psalms remind us to put God’s Word first.”


Shownotes

Five-fold Division of the Psalter 

Book 1: Psalms 1-41

Book 2: Psalms 42-72

Book 3: Psalms 73-89

Book 4: Psalms 90-106

Book 5: Psalms 107-150

Kinds of Psalms and Prayer

Praise

Ps. 103:1 “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all my being praise his holy name.” 

Thanksgiving

Ps. 118:29 “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.” 

Wisdom & Torah 

Ps. 119:97 “Oh, how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” 

Ps. 119:11 “I have laid up thy word in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” 

Lament

Ps. 22:1 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Trust

Ps. 62:1-2,5-6

“For God alone my soul waits in silence…

He only is my rock and my salvation…

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is for him…

He only is my rock and my salvation.”

Royal Psalms

  • Earthly king – enthronement 
  • Future king – messiah 
  • The heavenly king whom we worship and who reigns over our lives 

Psalm 95:3-4 The Lord is King!

“The Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods

In his hands are the depths of the earth; 

The heights of the mountains are his also. 

The sea is, for he made it; 

For his hands formed the dry land.” 

Psalm 95:5-6 Therefore, let us bow down, worship and surrender – hearken his voice 

“O come, let us worship and bow down

Let us kneel before the Lord, our maker. 

For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, 

And the sheep of his hand. 

O That today you would hearken his voice!

Harden not your hearts as at Meribah…” 

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Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.

Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri.  Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.

Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.

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