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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

A Recurring Theme

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall extol your works to another and shall declare your mighty acts. They will recount the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works I will meditate. They will proclaim the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. ~ Psalm 145:1-8

Psalms tend to have recurring themes. Many of them have themes of praise and thanksgiving, as this one does.

Others deal with sorrow or lamentation - some individual and some communal.

Some cry for vengeance on enemies.

Some have royalty as a theme - both David's and God's.

Some deal with the theme of wisdom.

And often you'll find the themes mixed together.

This makes the Psalms a perfect form of prayer. All the things you think, feel, and wonder about God have been thought, felt, and wondered for thousands of years.

When you aren't sure what or how to pray, there is a Psalm for you!

Holy One, open your Psalms up to me and help me to turn to them when I am not sure what or how to pray. Amen

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