In my women’s Bible study book, Whispers of My Heart, I gave this opportunity to the Bible study student. It’s a way for you to write your own psalm of praise to God.
Re-write each verse in your own words using a current problem or challenge you are facing. Remember, God delights in whatever your own God-given creativity produces. You’ll find David’s verse first, then you can write your own right after.
vs. 1: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
vs. 2: He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
vs. 3: He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
vs. 4: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
vs. 5: You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
vs. 6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Based on that idea, here’s what I wrote:
The Lord is my doctor. I won’t lack for information and care. He takes care of my body, spirit and soul and will direct me to the best solution for my ailment. He relieves me from guilt because I have righteousness as His gift, not based on my performance. Even if something seems dangerous or unfixable, you are with me guiding me. Nothing will happen to me except what you want with me for your glory. Regardless of what actually happens, I have the assurance of dwelling with Him wherever I am.
Now write your own psalm using these prompts as a guide:
Lord God, you are…
I bless your holy name because…
Even though there is much trouble or pain around me, I…
I have seen your power and help in former times when…
I want to always…
Thank you, Lord God Almighty for…
I know you are…
And worthy to be praised.