A Psalm is—a Prayer, a Poem, a Spiritual Song, a Hymn and a Proclamation of who God is and What HE did in the Old and New Testaments. We are instructed by Paul in Ephesians 5:16-20 NKJV, to speak to one another in Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, singing and making melody in our hearts toward God.
Hi Faith-writers, I’m grateful to be back to share God’s Word with you on the topic of Prayer. In my last article, “Psalms and Praises in the New Testament”, I shared how Paul instructed us in our Worship to God by Psalms and Praises. Then we saw how Paul and David Praised God in similarities that can aid us in our quest to Worship God in the same manner. I shared how Ephesians 1:3-14 is similar to Psalms 103:1-5; and I finished –off the article with a sample of what a New Testament Psalm would sound like in Praise to God.
I would like to write a portion of it again with Scriptural references, then teach you guys how the Holy Spirit inspired me to write it and finally teach how we can draw out Scriptures from the New Testament to write and compose our own Prayers, Poems, Spiritual Songs, Hymns, and Proclamations of who God is and what HE did for us.
* Blessed be You Heavenly Father, for Your Abundant Grace and Mercy (Eph. 1:3-9 NKJV)
* Your Love is unfailing, Your Kindness unsearchable (Eph. 2:4 NKJV)
* You made us alive when we were dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1, 5 NKJV)
* It’s by Your Divine Grace that we are saved and Born-again (Eph. 2:8-10/ 2 Cor. 5:17 NKJV)
* There is no height, width, depth or length that will stop Your Love toward us (Rom. 8:39 NKJV)
* Nor Angel or demon that can stop You from loving us (Rom. 8:37-38 NKJV)
As we read these 6 points, we see what God did for us as Paul shared in 3 Letters, 2 Corinthians, Romans and Ephesians;
1. We must understand and learn what HE did for us as believers in Christ Jesus as Paul shared it.
2. Then we are to consider how Paul Praises’ and Creates a Psalm in Ephesians 1:3-9 when he wrote to the Church of Ephesus about what God did for us when HE offered up Jesus to redeem us and Bless us.
3. Then as we take a closer look at these 6 points we can see how we can take these Spiritual Truths and Facts and turn them into Psalms, Songs, Poems and Proclamations of God’s Word that declares HIS Power in bringing us into HIS kingdom on earth and what HE provided for us to live a Victorious life in Jesus Christ by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
In the Old Testament the first Psalm was written by Moses right after they experienced the Great Deliverance from Pharoah and the Egyptian Army as the Red Sea swallowed up Pharoah’s Army in Exodus 15. The point I want to make is when we read it carefully we will see the detail information of how it all played out—the Deliverance that is. We read how God Delivered them. Then we see how they composed the Song into a Praise and Worship toward God for HIS great Deliverance that HE had done for the children of Israel. And the way they were led to compose it was based on what God did—very simple. This is how we should learn how to compose Psalms ourselves so we may Praise God in New Testament style.
The Deliverance then and Now
Fast forwarding to 2014, we have been Delivered 2000 years ago by what Jesus did on the Cross and Paul tried his best to share a Psalm of Praise in Ephesians 1:3-9, about what God did through the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Now, the wisdom we need is to learn how Paul wrote about it and we can take every-thing Paul, Luke, and Jesus said that is available to us today and have already been given to us at the Cross in the Divine exchange. Jesus died for our sins and trespasses. So we can simply say, “Thank You Father for sending Your Holy Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and Trespasses,” it’s really that simple when we compose a Psalm, a Poem or a Spiritual Song.
The more we read the New Testament and learn about what God did, the more we can write Prayers, Poems, Songs, and Proclamations about what Jesus did.
The Benefits of Praise and Worship
We make Our Heavenly Father happy when we Praise HIS Holy Name and begin to recognize what HE did for us and what Jesus did for us. God inhabits the Praises of HIS people—in other words, God’s Presence and Power come down to earth in a Mighty Way when we Praise and acknowledge HIM (Psalm 22:3 NKJV) See also the example of how the Power and Presence of God came down when Paul and Silas Praised God in the Prison cell with their backs bleeding for preaching the Gospel (Acts 16:25-34 NKJV)
God brought Paul and Silas comfort and hope then God also brought the Prison guard and his entire family to the faith they were Saved and Baptized. Therefore, Praise Moves God’s Presence and Power into our lives—and we should consider Paul’s instructions for doing it because he experienced it first hand, so did I and so have some of you. However, God desires for us to learn the art of Worship ourselves and mature in our Praise and Worship toward HIM so HE can come down with a Powerful Presence of HIS Glory at home, in Church Services and at Work if you are able to do it at work.
The second benefit of composing Prayers, Poems and Psalms that are in the New Testament is that the Spiritual Truth of God’s Word becomes more real in our lives. Paul said FAITH comes by hearing and by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17 NKJV) The more we hear the Word of God spoken out by Praise, a Poem or by Proclamation the more we become Anointed in our human-Born-again-spirits and begin to be built up in our FAITH toward God. We will be reminded of God’s Grace, Mercy, Power, Presence, Deliverance, Gifts, and Callings. We will remember that He forgives all our sins and iniquities, and Heals all our diseases and sicknesses. So begin to compose what HE did for you personally and begin to declare it out loud. Amen